Never too soon to formulate evacuation plans
by Mary Jane Martin
Nov 30, 2012 | 1094 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a disaster, you may need to stay at home or you may have to leave. Public officials will advise you what needs to be done.

There are instances when you would likely stay at home. For example, during a winter storm or if there is a disease outbreak, you would most likely be advised to stay at home.

If a shelter-in-place is needed, public officials will inform you. You will need to seal yourself in a room in your home. Typical steps would be to choose a room with a water supply and as few windows as possible. Usually this will be a bedroom with an attached bathroom. Gather everyone into the room and close all doors and windows. Don’t forget the pets. Use plastic sheeting and duct tape to cover all windows, doors, and vents. It is very helpful if you measure and cut your sheeting and have it labeled before placing it in your emergency kit.

In case of a hurricane or flooding evacuation may be ordered. Once again, public officials will notify you if an evacuation is necessary.

Evacuation steps include turning off gas, electricity and water only if told to do so. Learn how to do this ahead of time. Be sure to grab your to go kit. Close all windows, shut all interior doors, and lock your home. Follow official routes or your family plan for where to go.

Be sure everyone in the family has the number of the person to be notified in case the family is separated before or during the evacuation. Let that person know as soon as you reach your destination and so other family member can know you are safe.
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