7 Steps to Emergency Preparedness

  1. Create a Plan of Action and Know what to do

     a.       Find out what can happen in your area. Learn what to do before, during and after every disaster. 
     b.      Create a Disaster Plan for your family and business include: 

  • Evacuation
  • Meeting places for family members
  • Out of state contact person
  • Post your Important Phone Numbers.
  • Review the check list “How Safe is Your House?”
  • Know how to shut off your utilities.
  • Know how to “Report an Emergency.”

                 c.       Practice and Maintain your plan.

2.      Prepare items for Quick Action

                    a.      Prepare a 3 Day Evacuation Kit. 
                    b.      Have a 1st Aid Kit.
                    c.      Have at least ½ tank of Gas in your vehicle. 
                    d.      Keep cash on hand in smaller bills. 
                    e.      Review your Action Plan Checklist.

3.      Preparing for up to 1 year

                   a.      Store Food. 
                   b.      Store Water and know how to purify it. 
                   c.      Gather and put in place the 40+ most over looked items.
                   d.      Take inventory of your possessions at home and work. 
                   e.      Review your insurance policies.  
                    f.      Keep immunizations current. 
                   g.      Consider: Clothing, Shelter, Heat, Light, Fuel, Cooking and Sanitation items.

4.      Long Term – Self Sufficiency

                   a.      Gardening, Canning, and Dehydrating. 
                   b.      Alternative Energy – Wind/Solar/Generator/Geothermal
                   c.      Alternative Shelter – Bomb Shelter
                   d.      Communications - Ham Radio.

5.      Complete Preparedness – Review your situation with the following

                  a.       Financial
                  b.       Temporal 
                  c.       Physical
                  d.       Spiritual 
                  e.       Educational 
                   f.       Vocational

 6.      Recovery – Learn the steps taken to return to normal life.

 7.      Mitigate- Actions taken to prevent or reduce the effects of future disasters.

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