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Prepare Now for Disasters

This spring’s serious tornados, flood and fires remind us that everyone needs to plan for disasters—in advance. Take steps to ensure that your family is prepared should the worst occur. Preparedness can be as simple as doing three things - (1) Make a family response plan before disasters occur (2) Prepare and secure an emergency kit that includes at least three days of emergency food, water and hygiene supplies and contains copies of critical medical and legal documents (3) Talk about and practice your plan.  <<Tips for Protecting your Family and Home before Disaster Strikes >>>

Tips for Protecting your Family and Home before Disaster Strikes

 

Preparing for a Disaster Before It Happens

From the Community Council of Greater Dallas’ 2-1-1 Texas program

Being prepared starts with a well-developed plan.  Here are few things to consider when making your disaster plan.


 Be aware. It is important to learn what types of disasters are most likely to occur in your community and to educate your family about the warning system that is in place.  A few ways that communities communicate this information is with outdoor warning systems (sirens), media (radio and television reports), and reverse 9-1-1 (a call with a recorded message to your landline at home) or in some cases police, fire or other emergency workers go door to door. Visit www.ready.gov  to view and download fact sheets concerning   typical natural and manmade disasters and specific ways to prepare.

Know the emergency plan for places that you or your children spend large amounts of time:  Work, School, Daycare, etc


Designate a meeting place and a back up location.  You may not be together when a disaster occurs.  Where will your family meet if disasters occur in your community?  At your home?  If that location is not safe or is inaccessible, where will you go?


Communication
: How will you contact each other? Every family member should know the phone numbers and carry coins, cell phone or prepaid calling cards.  Designate a single point of contact and check in with that person as soon as safely possible following a disaster.

o        After a disaster, it may be easier to make a call to an out of town relative or friend than a local call. Even when phone towers are down, texting may still be operable on cell phones. 

o        Consider adding a contact to your cell phone address book with the name ICE (In Case of Emergency). Many emergency responders are trained to check for this information if an injured person in not able to communicate.

 

 Talk about it:  Set aside time, on a regular basis, to discuss your family’s emergency plan.

 

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Posted on 5/30/11