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Be prepared: assemble an emergency supply kit,
make your emergency plans, stay informed,
and get involved in helping your family, your business,
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Weather can change dramatically and often quite suddenly too, causing severe destruction, injuries, and even fatalities. In the last few years especially, we have been witnessing increasingly violent weather phenomena. Fortunately, today’s improved weather services are often able to warn us of impending natural disasters well before they occur. This advance warning allows people to prepare themselves and their homes so that they can come out alive and safe.
Most people take safety precautions every day without thinking twice: we wear seatbelts, we lock our doors at night, we childproof our homes so that little hands can’t get hurt.
But sometimes, it’s difficult to see a bigger picture when it comes to safety. When the sun is shining in a cloudless sky, for example, it seems silly to think about preparing for a hurricane, but that is actually the best time to get ready. When a storm threatens your area, there will be little time to make plans and figure out an evacuation route.
Some of the most common and destructive disasters include earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, and all of these can occur in various parts of the United States. While earthquakes aren’t as common, they do affect 45 of our 50 states, particularly on the West Coast. What’s more, earthquakes can trigger shifts in the ocean, leading to flooding in some areas and creating a second disaster. Knowing what to expect in your area is half the battle when it comes to preparing yourself, your family, and your pets for any event.
It’s also helpful to think about preparedness outside of the home; keeping a first-aid kit and a jug of water in the car, for example, is a simple way to give yourself peace of mind. Disaster can strike anywhere, at any time, and as scary as it can be to think about, being prepared is imperative these days.
Whether it comes in the form of bad weather, illness, or an environmental accident, there are many things you can do to ensure you and your family are protected and safe. Here, we’ll go through some of the most common disasters and give you natural disaster safety tips for each. READ MORE>>
Create a Family Game Plan
In an emergency, every second counts- that’s why it’s crucial to have a game plan,
and why this year’s National Preparedness Month theme is “Don’t Wait Communicate.”
This September, as part of National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross encourages
all Americans to develop a family game plan. Get started using the steps below!
Check with your local chapter for trainings and events in your community.
1. Know What to Do in Case of Emergency
It is important to make sure that the entire family is prepared and informed in the event of a disaster or emergency. You may not always be together when these events take place and should have plans for making sure you are able to contact and find one another.
The American Red Cross suggests some basic steps to make sure you remain safe:
*Meet with your family or household members.
*Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.
*Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.
*If a family member is in the military, plan how you would respond if they were deployed.
*Plan what to do in case you are separated during an emergency
*Choose two places to meet:
̶ Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire
̶ Outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate
*Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person. It may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service. Everyone should have emergency contact information in writing or saved on their cell phones.
*Plan what to do if you have to evacuate
*Decide where you would go and what route you would take to get there. You may choose to go to a hotel/motel, stay with friends or relatives in a safe location or go to an evacuation shelter if necessary.
*Practice evacuating your home twice a year. Drive your planned evacuation route and plot alternate routes on your map in case roads are impassable.
*Plan ahead for your pets. Keep a phone list of pet-friendly hotels/motels and animal shelters that are along your evacuation routes.
*Let Your Family Know You’re Safe
*If your community has experienced a disaster, register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well website to let your family and friends know you are safe. You may also call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and select the prompt for “Disaster” to register yourself and your family.
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September 2010 marks the seventh annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security.
One goal of Homeland Security is to educate the public about how to prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters, mass casualties,
biological and chemical threats, radiation emergencies, and terrorist attacks.
During September, emergency preparedness will focus on:
Home and family preparedness, including pets, older Americans, and individuals with disabilities and special needs (Ready America)
Back-to-school (Ready Kids)
Business preparedness (Ready Business)
Preparación en Español (Listo America)
In collaboration with the American Red Cross, CDC’s Web site, Emergency Preparedness and You identifies and answers common questions about preparing for unexpected events, including:
- Developing a family disaster plan
- Gathering emergency supplies
- Learning how to shelter in place
- Understanding quarantine and isolation
- Learning how to maintain a healthy state of mind
Additional information and resources are available from Emergency Preparedness and Responseunder topics such as hurricane preparedness,
extreme heat, and bioterrorism. CDC continually updates information on recent outbreaks and incidents and lists emergency resources for
the general public as well as for clinicians and public health professionals.
Are you prepared? During September, focus on being ready – at home, at work, and in your community –
and prepare for a natural disaster or other emergency.
Get an Emergency Kit
An emergency kit includes the basics for survival: fresh water, food, clean air, and warmth. You should have enough supplies
to survive for at least three days. Review the items recommended for a disaster supplies kit or
Make an Emergency Plan
Make plans with your family and friends in case you’re not together during an emergency. Discuss how you’ll contact each other,
where you’ll meet, and what you’ll do in different situations. Read how to develop afamily disaster plan or fill out
Emergency Supply Kit
You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity
to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately.
You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may
be cut off for days, or even a week or longer.
Recommended Items To Include In A Basic Emergency Supply Kit:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Additional Items To Consider Adding To An Emergency Supply Kit:
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Infant formula and diapers
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Cash or traveler’s checks and change
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
- You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) – PDF, 277Kb) developed by Operation Hope,
- FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
- Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov.
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant.
- Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water.
- Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
- Fire Extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
Ask about planning at your workplace and your child’s school or daycare center. The US Department of Education
gives guidelines for school preparedness. Workers at small, medium, and large businesses
should practice for emergencies of all kinds. See Ready Business for more information.
Being prepared means staying informed. Check all types of media – Web sites, newspapers, radio, TV, mobile and land phones –
for global, national and local information. During an emergency, your local Emergency Management or Emergency Services office
will give you information on such things as open shelters and evacuation orders. Check Ready Americacommunity and state information to learn
about resources in your community.
Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. They can appear suddenly without warning and can be invisible until dust and debris
are picked up or a funnel cloud appears. Planning and practicing specifically how and where you take shelter is a matter of survival.
Be prepared to act quickly. Keep in mind that while tornadoes are more common in the Midwest, Southeast and Southwest, they can
occur in any state and at any time of the year, making advance preparation is vitally important.Familiarize yourself with the terms
that are used to identify a tornado hazard.
- A tornado watch means a tornado is possible in your area.
- A tornado warning is when a tornado is actually occurring, take shelter immediately.
Listen to Local Officials
Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government.
In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
For further information on how to plan and prepare for tornadoes as well as what to do during and after a tornado, visit:
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Emergency Preparedness for Pets
Emergency Preparedness for the Senior Citizens
Look into taking first aid and emergency response training, participating in community exercises, and volunteering to support local first responders.
Contact Citizens Corps, which coordinates activities to make communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to an emergency situation.
Homeland Security promotes emergency preparedness throughout the year via the Ready America campaign.
Checklists, brochures, and videos are available in
- Downloading and Ordering All ReadyPublicationsOverview
- Biological Threat
- Chemical Threat
- Extreme Heat
- Influenza Pandemic
- Landslide and Debris Flow (Mudslide)
- Nuclear Threat
- Nuclear Threat – Shelter Guide
- Radiation Threat
- Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
- Food Safety In An Emergency
- State and Local Information
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