Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster.
Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather, earthquakes and other disasters to children. Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.
Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Learn what to do in each case.
Pick two places to meet: one right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire, and one outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home. Make sure everyone knows the addresses and phone numbers of your meeting places.
Ask an out-of-state friend to be your “family contact.” After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance than local.
Check on the emergency plans of all schools your children attend.
Practice and maintain your plan
Quiz your kids every six months.
Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills.
Replace stored water and stored food every six months.
Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s) regularly.
Test your smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
Once you have considered your options, create your own family emergency plan!
Post emergency numbers by phones (ambulance, police, fire, etc.).