Disaster Survival Checklist

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Natural disasters happen and catastrophic events can definitely have an impact on your life. Sometimes they can happen very unexpectedly.

Have you taken the time prepare for these disasters?

What if a category 2 or 3 hurricane hit any where on the east coast of the United States and knocked out the normal services your rely on for a couple
of weeks.

Are you prepared? Do You have a plan?

A plan in place now will make it easier and safer for you any your family.
Following are some steps you should take when an emergency happens.

Let’s use a hurricane for an example though many of the following steps are used for any type of catastrophe.

The hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean last lasts from
June to November. You should have your plan in place well before the start of the season.

Disaster_Survival • Begin by putting together a family disaster supply
kit which includes the necessities water, food, clothing. Also include basic tools, first aid supplies and any prescription medications you take.

• Have a supply of all of these items for everyone in your family to last a minimum of 3 to 5 days, preferably longer.

• Do not forget to include the phone numbers of your family members, schools, insurance companies, and emergency services provider phone numbers.

• Put in either the originals or copies of important documents
in a waterproof case you can call the American Red cross for a complete checklist.

• Keep a flashlight handy for every member of the family with plenty of extra batteries. New, small LED flashlights are very bright and use less power.

• Avoid using candles– they can cause fires.

• Have a battery powered radio or TV available. FEMA or Homeland Security will issue regular bulletins to local TV and radio through the Emergency Alert System and through news papers.

• A supply of canned food with a manual can opener, is a must to have on hand. Have a standard phone available because phone lines my still be available.

• Have plenty of spare water containers available for drinking
cooking and washing. Fill your bathtub.

• Plan to help both neighbors and relatives who are older or have special needs.

• Notify your utility company and let them know if there is someone in your family who uses life support equipment.

• Make arrangements for pets, either to board them or to have a save location with plenty of extra food or water prior to any catastrophe. If you have to evacuate to a shelter, many of them do not allow animals.

• Review your homeowners insurance polices now.

• Take photos of your items to help with your insurance claims.

• If you live in a low lying area consider getting flood insurance.

Here are some additional actions to take when it appears that a hurricane may hit your community. Under a hurricane watch a hurricane may threaten your area within 36 hours, so don’t hesitate!

Disaster_Survival When a watch is issued check your pre-assembled survival kit.
Fuel up your vehicle.
Bring all outdoor items indoors, garbage cans, lawn furniture
Get cash especially small bills and change.
Monitor local broadcasts about the status
If a hurricane warning is issued expect winds of up to 75 miles an hour, dangerously high water along coast lines, bays and rivers and very rough seas
Have materials available to protect your windows and doors
Unplug major appliances and sensitive equipment like TVs and computers to minimize damage if power is lost and then restored.
When the hurricane strikes go to an interior windowless room with your disaster supply kit.

But remember if local officials advise you to evacuate, do so immediately don’t wait until the last minute.

If you are evacuating, close all windows and interior doors before leaving.
Turn off water at the main valve and electricity at the main circuit breaker.
If you have natural gas contact your local gas company about shutting it off.

Any plan is not complete without actions that you should take after the storm.

Disaster_Survival Do not move or touch any downed wires or any person or within contact with the downed wires.
Avoid any electric transformer boxes because any standing water near them may be electrically charged
If you are operating a generator make sure it is not connected directly to you home wiring. Improperly connected generators can be a hazard to you and to repairmenworking on the lines to restore electricity.
Survival_checklistWhen power resumes, turn unnecessary items on one at a time to avoid overloading the power system.
Continue monitoring local media for updates about the local conditions, the state of the roads in evacuated areas and the status of your local utilities.

In the event of an emergency in your area we urge you to follow these recommendations to be safe before during and after an emergency. Be Prepared! Be Safe!

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