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Preparedness Tips

  1. Install smoke detectors in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement.

    Remember to change the batteries every 6 months.

  2. Secure large shelves, file cabinets, and heavy wall hangings to the wall to prevent them from falling and blocking exits or causing injury or property damage.

  3. Be sure that your home number is visible from the street so that first responders can easily locate you.

    How to appropriately display your address

  4. Know how and when to switch off your utilities, including gas, electric, and water.

  5. Keep a flashlight, shoes, and dust mask under your bed in case of an emergency. A flashlight can help you at night or in the case of a power outage, shoes can prevent injury from broken glass, and a dust mask can prevent inhalation of smoke or other foreign particles.

  6. Always keep your gas tank or electric vehicle charge above half full. If evacuation becomes necessary, a half-full tank will ensure you have enough fuel to leave the area.

  7. Avoid making non-urgent phone calls after an emergency. Send text messages to loved ones, when possible, to avoid clogging phone lines. Consider posting on social media or setting a voicemail message notifying loved ones that you are safe.