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FAMILY DISASTER PREPAREDNESS GUIDE


 HOW TO PREPARE FOR A POTENTIAL EMERGENCY SITUATION:


DISCUSS YOUR FAMILY'S DISASTER COMMUNICATIONS PLAN

Discuss your family’s disaster communications plan with your children so they know who and how to reach them, as well as where to meet in an emergency. Check with your child’s school so you are aware of the school’s emergency preparedness plan. Make sure it has updated information on you and other designated caregivers. Arrange for one or more neighborhood meetings and share family emergency plans with each other.

  • Choose a safe place in every room where nothing can fall on you (such as under a sturdy table or desk, or
    against an inside wall). Bolt bookcases, china cabinets and other tall furniture to wall studs.
  • Strap the upper third and lower third of you water heater to wall studs (replace semi-rigid tubing that carries
    gas to your applianced with approved corrugated metal appliance connectors.
  • If handicapped, fasten oxygen tanks and other equipment to wall studs.
  • Consider bolting house to its foundation and other structural mitigation techniques.

PURCHASE OR PUT TOGETHER YOUR OWN DISASTER PREPAREDNESS KIT
A Family Disaster Preparedness Kit is a must and should be kept up-to-date and stocked with enough supplies for at least 72 hours of self-sufficiency, including:

  • Food: Have enough on hand for 72 hours, preferably one week. Include canned food and a can opener.
  • Water: Have enough so each person has a gallon a day for 72 hours, preferably one week. Store in airtight containers and replace it every six months. Store disinfectants such as iodine tablets or chlorine bleach
    (eight drops per gallon) to purify water if necessary.
  • First-Aid Kit: Make sure it is well-stocked, especially with bandages and disinfectants--and other items (see table below for list of items to include in a Basic Family Emergency First-Aid Kit.) You can also purchase pre-prepared emergency kits with first-aid supplies from the American Red Cross online store.
  • Fire Extinguisher: Your fire extinguisher should be suitable for all types of fires. Teach all family members how to use it, and also include written instructions for turning off gas, electricity, and water.
  • Flashlights with Extra Batteries: Keep flashlights beside your bed and in several other locations. DO NOT use matches or candles after an earthquake until you are certain there are no gas leaks.
  • Portable Radio with Extra Batteries: If telephones and other electronic forms of communication are "out-of-order" or limited due to emergency use, the radio will be your best source of information. Have a phone that does not require electricity to operate.
  • Store Extra Blankets, Clothing, Shoes and Money: You may not have access to your bank account or ATM for several days. Have on hand: blankets, protective clothing, rainwear, shoes, and bedding or sleeping bags to keep warm if your home's heater becomes non-functional.
  • Alternative Cooking Source: Store a barbeque or camping stove for outdoor camping. CAUTION: Ensure
    there are no gas leaks before you use any kind of fire as a cooking source and do not use charcoal indoors.
  • Special Items: Have at least a week's supply of medications and food for infants and those with special
    needs. Don't forget pet food.
  • Tools: Have an adjustable or pipe wrench available for turning off gas and water; put a security light in each room. These lights plug into any outlet and light up automatically if there is a loss of electricity. They continue operating automatically for four to six hours and can be turned off by hand in an emergency.
 
BASIC FAMILY EMERGENCY FIRST-AID KIT
Waterproof box to hold supplies Large duffel bag
First-aid manual 1 Ace bandage, 3" wide
Rescue blanket 2 rolls of adhesive tape, 10 yds.
12 assorted safety pins Alcohol swabs
Trauma scissors Ammonia inhalent
Cotton balls Antacid tablets
Feminine hygiene supplies Antibacterial soap
Eye drops 20 Aspirin tablets, children's Tylenol
Heat tablets 12 band-aids, medium size
Thermometer Compresses (sheeting strips, 2" wide)
Ice bag or cold pack 5 triangular bandages
(40" sq., cut diagonally w/ safety pins)
Table salt 2 face cloths
Ipecac (induce vomiting) Matches in waterproof container
Diarrhea medicine First aid ointment. Antibacterial
Cotton-tipped swabs 8 gauze pads, 2" x 8"
Butterfly bandages 9 gauze pads, 4" x 4"
Hydrogen peroxide 3 rolls of gauze, 2" x 10 yds.
Calamine lotion Merthiolate or Iodine
Tweezers Razor and blades
Snake bite kit Prescription drugs taken on a regular basis
2 pairs of latex gloves Extra pair of eyeglasses
Duct Tape  
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