Your family can be better prepared in advance for all types of emergencies.
- Post emergency telephone numbers by phones ~ fire, police, ambulance, etc.
- Teach your children how and when to call 911 or your local Emergency Medical Services number for emergency help.
- Show each family member how and when to turn off the water, gas and electricity at the main switches.
- Check to see if you have adequate insurance coverage.
- Teach each family member 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.
- Conduct a home hazard hunt.
- Stock emergency supplies and assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit.
- Take a Red Cross First Aid and CPR class.
- Determine the best escape routes from your home.
- Find two ways out of each room.
- Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.
For information on NFPA Safety for Children Presented by Sparky the Fire Dog visit http://www.sparky.org.
For more information on Planning and Preparing http://www.fema.gov.
FIRST STEPS TO FLOOD RECOVERY http://www.ces.purdue.edu/floodpub/.
American Public Health Association Video: Emergency Preparedness
Ivan Lee is the Emergency Preparedness and Response Division. You may reach Ivan at (812) 349-2849.