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Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

By: Inter Valley Health Plan





Is your family prepared for an emergency and/or disaster? There is no time like the present to prepare an emergency plan in advance with your loved ones. Here is an emergency and disaster checklist for Fire, flood, earthquake, heat and terror.


______ Discuss what to do in the event of a fire, flood, earthquake, heat and terror with family members and develop an action plan.

______ Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room.

______ Learn about your community warning signals. What do they sound like? What should you do if you hear them?

______ Pick two places to meet in the event of an emergency: One right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire in your home; another outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home.

______ Assemble a list of emergency contact addresses and phone numbers. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to be your ‘family contact’, (after a major disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance). Everyone should know who this contact person is and should contact them if something does happen.

_____ Think about your pets. Consider what might happen during and after the disaster. Pets are not allowed in emergency shelters or in some hotels. Consider getting a ‘chip’ for your pet. Contact your local humane society now for information. (Service animals are allowed in shelters.)

_____ Find out about emergency plans at your Senior Center, where you volunteer, your church, etc.

_____ Contact all utility companies and learn what to do in case of power outages. Know how to connect or start a back- up power supply. Learn how to turn off water, gas and electricity at the main switches.

_____ Keep family records in a watertight, fireproof container.

_____ Prepare an emergency supply kit:
o Three days supply of food and water per person
o First-aid kit
o Tools and supplies
o Clothing and bedding

More Great Ideas:

______ Keep a whistle in each room
______ A-B-C Fire Extinguisher
______ Make sure wiring is in good condition
______ Fasten shelves securely


Family Communication Plan:

______Contact Information
_____ Escape Plan – Draw floor plan, including location of emergency supplies and utility shut offs. Use a different colored pen to draw a line charting at least two escape routes from each room. Mark a place outside your home where you should meet others.



If An Emergency and/or Disaster Happens:

______ Listen to the radio/TV for news and information.

______ Follow the advice of emergency officials.

______ Evacuate if advised to do so.

______Use a flashlight; do not use matches or candles.

______Do not turn on electrical switches until you rule out damage.

______Shut off utilities if needed.

______Check for fires

______Sniff for gas leaks. Turn off main valve if you suspect a leak. Open the windows and get outside quickly.

______ Clean up spilled medicines, bleach, gasoline and other flammable liquids immediately. Store those rags in a covered container away from heat.

______ Confine or secure your pet.

______Call your family contact. Do not use the phone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency.







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