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One of the most important steps you can take for yourself and your family in preparing for an emergency is to develop a household disaster plan. It will play an integral part in surviving a disaster.
Immediately after an emergency, essential service may be cut-off and local disaster relief and government responders may not be able to reach you right away. Local emergency services generally concede that they cannot fully respond to a major catastrophe in our area in less than 72 hours.
What would you and your family do if a serious disaster happened today? What if you were separated from your family? Are you ready to survive for 3-5 days on your own?
Everyone needs to think about these things before a disaster strikes. And lastly, remember, the best way to protect yourself and your family is to be prepared!
There are several steps everyone can take to help protect themselves, their families, and their property in an emergency or a disaster. The information below will help you get started.
Additional emergency preparedness information can be found on the following web sites.
|Disaster Preparedness Web Sites|
|www.72hours.org||San Francisco Office of Emergency Services|
|www.redcross.org||American Red Cross|
One way to establish a sense of control and to build confidence in children before a disaster is to engage and involve them in preparing a family disaster plan.
Practice what you have discussed. Everyone in your home needs to understand what they are supposed to do when a catastrophe strikes. That knowledge is best instilled by rehearsing your emergency response plans.
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How well you prepare and how much you practice before a disaster occurs will determine how successfully you deal with and recover from a disaster. It helps you and your network of family and friends to identify, get, develop, manage, and maintain the information and resources you may need to deal with a disaster. Also, keep in mind that your usual ways of support and assistance may not be available to you for some time during an evacuation and after the disaster has occurred. Prepare yourself based on the capabilities and limitations you believe you will have after the disaster.
The following lists will help you assemble your emergency kit and work and car “go-bag.” Be sure that your bag is easy to carry and that it has an ID tag. Prepare one for each family member. Keep a go-bag at home, at work and in your vehicle. Include the following:
After a major disaster the usual services we take for granted, such as running water, refrigeration, and telephones, may be unavailable. Experts recommend that you should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least three days.
The single most important thing you can do to protect your pet if you evacuate is to take it with you. It is essential to ensure that pets are wearing up to date identification tags (on a regular collar) at all times. If a frightened indoor pet manages to slip out of the house during a crisis, I.D could be the only link between you and your animal. Citizens are likely to bring lost animals to local shelters, where tagged pets can eventually be reunited with their owners.
Dogs and Cats
Assemble a basic emergency kit containing the following: