EVACUATION & PREPAREDNESS

EVACUATION INFORMATION

  • Wear long sleeved shirts, long pants, and sturdy shoes/boots
  • Take your disaster supply kit and plan
  • Take medications with you
  • Account for all family members
  • Take your pets with you
  • Lock your home
  • Use travel routes specified by authorities
  • Stay away from downed power lines

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS TIPS

  • Keep car gas tank filled (gas pumps may not work if a power failure occurs)
  • Maintain car in good working order
  • Have some cash (ATM machines may not work if power failure occurs)
  • Have a smaller emergency supply kit in car
  • Teach family members how to use ABC fire extinguisher
  • Teach family members how to shut off utilities
  • Locate the electric, gas and water shut off valves
  • Keep necessary tools near gas and water shut off valves
  • Make available written directions on each utility
  • If you turn the gas off, a professional must turn it back on. Do not attempt to do this yourself
  • Have family members attend CPR/First Aid courses
  • Review insurance coverage, home and personal (photo inventory)
  • Every 6 months, check expiration dates of your supplies
  • Replace any expired medications, food, or batteries
  • Replace water every 6 months
  • Replace clothing to appropriate size
  • Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in home
  • Check all fire extinguishers annually
  • Place supplies in easy to carry containers, preferably waterproof, such as plastic totes, equipment bags, large duffel bags, or luggage
  • Store emergency kit(s) off the floor, in a cool dry area, and away from overhead pluming

REMEMBER

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Report suspicious activity (call 911 as soon as possible)
  • Remain calm
  • Be prepared
  • Be patient
  • Follow instructions
  • Think before you act
  • Organize your plan
  • Practice your plan