Do You Know What to Do During an Emergency?
National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the
Federal Emergency Management Agency, is a good reminder that we need to be ready to respond to natural and man-made disasters year-round. Daily routines can be disrupted with little or no warning by a catastrophic event, and help might not always be available.
The National Safety Council offers some safety tips specific to each of the following emergencies:
Federal agencies, like
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also are valuable resources for emergency preparedness.
When you face a natural or man-made emergency, try to stay informed through radio, TV or the Internet. In some cases, however, cable, electric and cell phone service will be disabled, making communication nearly impossible. The National Safety Council recommends the following general precautions that apply to many disaster situations:
- Make sure to have a
family communication plan in place; all members of the family should review and practice the plan
- Have all family members' and other important phone numbers written down or memorized
- Have an
emergency kit in your car and at least
three days of food and water at home
- Be sure to store all important documents – birth certificates, insurance policies, etc. – in a fire-proof safe or safety deposit box
- Assign one family member the responsibility of learning first aid and CPR
- Know how to shut off utilities
Disaster can strike at any time of the day, so it's also important to have a planned response when you're at work, on vacation or on the road.