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FAMILY DISASTER PLANNING
Where will you and your family be when disaster strikes?
What would you do if basic services -- water, gas, electricity, telephones -- were cut off for long periods?
Whether faced with a family emergency or a regional disaster, the effort you put into family preparedness and disaster planning will play a large role in how well you "survive" the event. The following steps can help you enhance your family's preparedness:
Hazardous Materials Incidents
- LEARN HOW THE HAZARDS CAN IMPACT YOUR FAMILY Assess how a disaster can affect your family. Consider the time of day, the day of the week and the time of year.
Injury or Isolation
- IDENTIFY STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO MINIMIZE OR PREVENT HAZARDOUS IMPACTS
Determine procedures and practices you can develop and implement to enhance your disaster resistance.
Consult the Red Cross, your local Emergency Manager or FEMA for assistance.
Plans for home escape, neighborhood evacuation, and family communication.
Procedures for drop, cover and hold; shelter-in-place; and utility shutoff.
Training in CPR, basic first aid, and use of a fire extinguisher.
Knowledge of hazard-resistant construction materials.
Floodproofing, landscaping, and site drainage practices.
Non-structural earthquake hazard mitigation techniques.
Warning system installation (e.g., smoke detectors, sprinklers, etc.).
Comprehensive hazard insurance for you home and property (e.g., fire, flood and earthquake).
Neighborhood disaster resource inventory.
Food and Water.
First Aid Supplies.
Clothing and Bedding.
Light Sources (e.g., flashlights,candles, lightsticks, lanterns, etc.).
Tools, Equipment and Supplies (e.g., manual can opener, utensils, fire extinguisher, matches, money, batteries, etc.).
Special Items (e.g., baby supplies, pet food, important family documents, etc.).
Camping Gear (e.g., sleeping bags, cooking equipment, utensils, etc.).
Fire Escape Plan.
Extra Food and Water.
First Aid Kit.
What equipment, supplies, procedures and plans do you need to complete your family preparedness effort?
- DEVELOP A PLAN TO ELIMINATE THE SHORTFALLS
Identify short- and long-term objectives. Fort the short term, focus on items that are low cost, are easy to implement and that have a high payoff. Some suggestions include:
Install hazard warning systems such as smoke detectors.
Develop fire escape and neighborhood evacuation plans.
Develop a simple family communications plan, such as a wallet card with common telephone numbers to call, and important policy numbers.
Develop procedures for drop, cover and hold; utility shutoff; and shelter-in-place.
Attend CPR, basic first aid, and fire extinguisher training.
Begin or expand your disaster supplies kit. Start with basic necessities such as water, food, lighting sources, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding.
- For the long term, focus on higher-cost items or those that are more difficult to implement. These might include:
Special tools and equipment.
Expanded insurance coverage.
Structural earthquake mitigation.
Conduct fire evacuation drills.
Test, recharge or replace fire extinguishers.
Test smoke detectors.
Test communications plans.
Practice utility shutoff; drop, cover and hold; and shelter-in-place procedures.
Replace stored food, water and medicines before their expiration dates.
For more information, contact the Keizer Fire District at 503-390-9111 or email us at email@example.com
Last Updated: 8/28/2005 12:58:23 AM