Emergency Preparedness

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At Home

Make a family communications plan that includes an evacuation plan that coordinates with your school, work and community communication plans. Practice this plan with your entire family. Build a disaster supply kit that includes enough supplies for each family member for seven days (don't forget your pets). Remember to check your kit every six months. There are six basics you should stock for your home in the case of an emergency: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items for medical conditions. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container. For more information on emergency preparedness visit the Red Cross website, the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management website, or the FEMA website Ready.gov. FEMA is part of the  U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The following is a checklist from the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management of things you can do to be prepared:

  • Purchase a NOAA 'All Hazards' Radio for emergency alerts.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance, etc.).
  • Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1.
  • Show each family member how and when to turn off the utilities (water, gas, and electricity).
  • Get training for each family member on how to use the fire extinguisher (ABC type), and show them where it's kept.
  • Install smoke detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms.
  • Stock emergency supplies and assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit.
  • Take a first aid and CPR class.
  • Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room.
  • Find the safe places in your home for each type of disaster and learn shelter-in-place procedures.
  • Practice and Maintain Your Plan.
  • Quiz your kids every six months or so.
  • Conduct fire and emergency evacuations.
  • Replace stored water and stored food every six months.
  • Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s) according to manufacturer's instructions.
  • Test your smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.

At Work

It is critical for businesses to be prepared for a disaster. History tells us that many small businesses will not survive in the event of an emergency or disaster because most small businesses can't afford to be closed down for more than three days. To protect your business, you need to be prepared. The FEMA Ready.Gov website has lots of important information to help you and your business plan for a disaster.