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Household & Family Safety

Talk with your family about potential disasters and why it is important and necessary to prepare for them. Lead by example, share with them simple steps that can be taken to increase their safety, and this process in itself will lessen anxiety about emergencies.

Ensure that everyone is informed and knows the location of the Emergency Preparedness Kit.

Always keep a flashlight and a pair of shoes by every family members' bed in case there is an emergency during the night. Use a plastic bag and tie to the leg of the bed to keep these items from moving if the emergency was an earthquake.

Plan where to meet after a disaster if your home becomes unsafe. Choose two places, one just outside your home and one outside your neighborhood in case you are told to evacuate. Be sure to always keep your gas tank half full.

Determine the best escape routes from your home. Try to identify two escape routes

Make sure each member knows who your family's out-of-state contact is and instruct them to call this person and tell him/her their location.

Locate the gas main and other utilities and make sure family members know when and how to turn them off.

Practice your evacuation routes and how to escape your home if necessary.

Teach each member of your family how to use a fire extinguisher.

Take into consideration the special needs of children, seniors, people with disabilities, family members who may not speak English, and pets.