Emergency Preparedness

Making a plan before a disaster occurs can help ensure that you and your family remain safe in the face of uncertainty. An importantReady Checkmark component of that plan includes creating a family meeting point where each family member knows where to go in the event of a fire, flood, or other emergency. Furthermore, it's important to create a Home Preparedness Kit where you gather important household items, as well as food and water, so that you are prepared in the event of an emergency. Creating and practicing a home fire escape plan is another important component of emergency preparedness. Ideally, you should have two ways of exiting each room in case one is blocked, dangerous, or impeded by heat, smoke, or fire. It is important to talk to your children about your fire safety plan and what to do if they hear a smoke alarm or see a fire, especially if your plan involves an escape ladder, climbing out of a window, or any other unconventional maneuvers.

To learn more about disaster preparation, home preparedness, fire safety plans, or anything else related to disaster planning please consult Ready.gov which is an official website of the the United States Government. Ready.gov offers a great deal and wide varity of valuable information and can help you tailor your plans to meet your specific needs.