Emergency Planning and Preparation:
A key component of the FAC concept is residents who know how to safely and effectively evacuate. Successful community evacuation requires preparation. The following checklists provide recommendations concerning proper evacuation preparations.
Elements of Family Emergency Planning and Preparation
- Meet with household members. Explain dangers to children, and work as a team to prepare your family for emergencies.
- Discuss what to do about power outages and personal injuries.
- Post emergency phone numbers near phones.
- Learn how to turn off the water, gas (see instructions) and electricity at your home.
- Select a safe meeting point. During an emergency, you may become separated from family members.
- Choose an out-of-town contact because it is often easier to make a long-distance phone call than a local call from a disaster area. Everyone must know the contact's phone number.
- Complete a family communications plan. Your plan should include contact information for family members, work and school.
- Teach children how to make long-distance phone calls.
- Complete an inventory of home contents and photograph/videotape the house and landscape. Place files in your to-go bag. A second copy of these files should be stored in a location away from your community.
- Identify escape routes and safe places. In a fire or other emergency, you may need to evacuate very quickly. Be sure everyone in your family knows the best escape routes out of your home and where safe places are in your home for each type of disaster. Draw an escape plan with your family highlighting two routes out of each room.
- Prepare EVACUATED sign and if you have an emergency water source (pool, pond or hot tub), a WATER SOURCE HERE sign. Select a site to post signs where they will be clearly visible from the street.