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Emergency Awareness Plan Part 4

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Your evacuation plan can be made by following these four recommendations and then adapting them to your personal situation. Identify with each house member the available exists in each room – include both windows and doors. Determine which is the best escape route and which is a good alternative, should the first route be blocked. Decide on a safe meeting place outside your home where the family can get together and be accounted for, following evacuation.

Once you designed your evacuation plan, practice it with your family. Time yourselves to see if you can improve on the effectiveness of your plan, as you become used to it. Remember to include the youngest members of your household and be aware of their special needs. These drills should be a family event where everyone participates and learns to work together.

The next important step in your family’s preparedness plan is to create an emergency communications chart. To do this, you need to prepare two lists of people to contact with phone numbers and addresses. This chart should be kept near your phone and include the following list of emergency numbers: fire department, police, search and rescue squad, ambulance, doctor, civil defense office and poison control.

The second list you should make is the family or friends that will be concerned about you in case of an emergency. It would be wise to designate an out of state relative as your contact person in case you’re separated from your family and friends in a disaster. In most emergencies, the local lines are tied up and can be used by emergency service professionals. Calls going out of the area are less likely to be jammed.

All of these plans can be more elaborate with time and with more consideration. The most important thing is to start now with the basics. Then, update, expand and adapt your plans as you’re able to in your future. As you advance beyond the basics of preparedness, you’ll begin to realize there are many preparations your family needs to be ready for emergencies. This recognition may lead you to feel overwhelmed.

The third principle of preparedness is designed to help get you beyond feeling overwhelmed. It is the principle of the step-by-step progress, which means to improve your preparedness efforts, a little bit of a time, each day, week and month. Following this step by step principle, will help you prepare in a state of peace and calm and never in a panic. Begin by preparing for disasters that are most likely in our area, such as: chemical spills, terrorists, earthquake leading to fires, pandemic such as civil unrest. Other concerns might be more personal, such as a loss of employment, disabling injury or events that just make it harder to do things in the normal way. Based on these scenarios, make a list of things you can do to minimize the risks. Set goals for completion on the items on your list.

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