Creating A Basic Emergency Plan

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One of the first and most important steps to becoming prepared for a disaster is to make a basic plan. Preparing and knowing what needs to be done in an emergency will make steps go faster and make you safer.

  • Decide who will do what. Make sure every person in the family knows what they need to do in a disaster.
  • Draw a map of your home showing important areas and the fastest way to get out.
  • Agree on a place away from your home where you can all agree to meet if you get lost from one another in case you need to evacuate.
  • Ask a friend or relative to be a contact person for family members should you get separated.
  • Put emergency phone numbers by every phone, save them in every cell phone and memorize important numbers in case they need to be used.
  • Be responsible and find out if elderly or disabled neighbors could use your help in the event of a disaster.
  • Make sure your insurance is up-to-date. Regularly take pictures of your house for your records should anything happen to your possession.