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Family Safety

Important Safety Recommendations For You and Your Family:

  • Create a famiy disaster plan which you review and practice with all family members regularly. This should include a family communications plan with a list of phone number available to all family members (both in-town and out-of-town).
  • Teach all family members to turn off gas, water and electricity for the main source.
  • Teach children how and when to call 911 for help.
  • Keep a 3-4 day supply of food, bottled water, and an extra month's supply of prescription medications on hand at all times.
  • Keep a battery operated radio/TV and plenty of batteries (make sure batteries are not out of date).
  • Keep extra keys for your car and home in a safe place.
  • Keep an extra pair of eyeglasses in a safe area.
  • Keep a list of your credit cards and other banking account numbers in a safe place.
  • Keep important papers in a waterproof/fireproof container.
  • Keep an up-to-date list and pictures of household contents for insurance purposes.
  • Make sure your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector are working.
  • Increase cash on hand during potential emergency conditions.
  • Keep your car's gasoline tank half full during potentially bad weather.
  • Keep an up-to-date list of telephone numbers on hand.
  • Choose an out-of-state relative or friends to call in case of family separation.
  • Have an alternative heating source for your home.
  • Never mix or store household chemicals in your emergency supply kit.
  • Pick two locations to meet outside of your home if you have to evacuate.
  • Have a plan for the care of your pets. 
  • Monitor your radio and television for important information and instructions. 
  • Your plan should include a list of emergency shelters and their locations, including the primary emergency shelter for your neighborhood. If you own pets, be certain to include pet-friendly shelters on this list.
  • Prepare to shelter in place if directed. With this in mind, you should have guidelines on how to remain safe in your home during a disaster. 

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