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school or day care center.

Create an emergency plan

     Meet with household members to discuss the dangers of fire, severe weather, earthquakes and other emergencies, along with how to respond to each. Discuss with them what to do about power outages and personal injuries. Draw a floor plan of you home, making two escape routes from each room. Show family members how to turn off the water, gas and electricity at main switches.
     Post emergency telephone numbers near telephones, and teach children how and when to call 911 and police and fire departments. Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information. Pick one out-of-state and one local friend or relative for family members to call if separated during a disaster, and teach your children to use them.
     Pick two emergency meeting places: a place near your home in case of a fire, and a place outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home after a disaster. Take a basic first aid and CPR

class. 


Prepare a disaster supplies kit

     Assemble supplies you might need in an evacuation. Store them in an easy-to-carry container such as a backpack or duffle bag. Include a supply of water, one gallon per person per day. Store water in sealed, unbreakable containers, identifying the storage date and replacing them every six months. 
     Include a supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a non-electric can opener. Also make sure to include changes of clothing, rain gear, sturdy shoes and blankets or sleeping bags. Include a first aid kit and prescription medication, an extra pair of glasses, a battery-powered radio and flashlight, and plenty of extra batteries.
     Other items to include are credit cards and cash, an extra set of car keys, a list of family physicians and important family information: such as the style and serial number of medical devices such as pacemakers.  Also have special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.


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