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Home Evacuation

Emergencies can happen at any time and all residences should have an evacuation plan.  Some emergencies can be predicted such as a hurricane while other emergencies, such as fire, can happen anytime and take you by surprise.  Having a home evacuation plan can make mass departures easier and can save your life.

Create a Disaster Plan
  • Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster.
  • Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather and other hazards to children.
  • Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.
  • Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain what to do in each case.
  • Pick two places to meet.
  • Ask an out-of-state friend to be your “family contact.”
  • Discuss what to do in an evacuation.
  • Plan how to take care of your pets.
Make emergency preparations
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance, etc.).
  • Teach children how and when to call 911 for emergency help.
  • Show each family member how and when to turn off the water, gas and electricity at the main switches and valves.
  • Check if you have adequate insurance coverage.
  • Teach each family member how to use the fire extinguisher (ABC type), and show them where it’s kept.
  • Install smoke detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms.
  • Conduct a home hazard hunt.
  • Stock emergency supplies and assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit.
  • Take a first aid and CPR class.
  • Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room.
  • Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.
Practice and maintain your plan
  • Quiz your kids every six months so they remember what to do.
  • Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills.
  • Replace stored water every three months and stored food every six months.
  • Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s) according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Test your smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries at least twice a year.

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