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Create a Family Disaster Plan

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Wildfire and other types of disasters - hurricane, flood, tornado, earthquake, hazardous materials spill, winter storm - can strike quickly and without warning. You can cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together. Meet with your family to create a disaster plan. To get started...

Contact your local emergency management or civil defense office or your local American Red Cross chapter

  • Find out about the hazards in your community.
  • Ask how you would be warned.
  • Find out how to prepare for each type of disaster.

    Meet with your family
  • Discuss the types of disasters that could occur.
  • Explain how to prepare and respond to each type of disaster.
  • Discuss where to go and what to bring if advised to evacuate.
  • Practice what you have discussed.

    Plan how your family will stay in contact if separated by disaster
  • Pick two meeting places:
      1) a place a safe distance from your home in case of a home fire.
      2) a place outside your neighborhood in case you can't return home.
  • Choose an out-of-state friend as a 'check-in contact' for everyone to call.

    Complete these steps
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by every phone.
  • Show responsible family members how and when to shut off water, gas and electricity at main switches.
  • Contact your local fire department to learn about home fire hazards.
  • Learn first aid and CPR. Contact your local American Red Cross chapter for information and training.

    Practice and review these steps.
This info taken from FEMA
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