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Agree to stay in touch. Get Connected. 20ake Action T . Take Classes to Be Red Cross Ready. 21e Red Cross Ready Checklist B 22 Emergency Contacts. Take Action. 3 mergency Preparedness uide An emergency may confine you to your home, you may be asked to evacuate on short notice, and it may be days before you have access to shelter, food, and water. The Red Cross recommends that you store some ...



Be Red Cross Ready
Be Prepared Get Connected Take Action
It s important to prepare for possible emergencies because they can strike suddenly
and violently at any time and any place There are three steps everyone can take
that can help make a difference be prepared get connected and take action
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1 Emergency Preparedness Guide
Be Prepared
3 Get a Kit
Know what supplies should go into an emergency kit and how much to
store in case of an emergency
5 Make a Plan
Create a plan before an emergency occurs Talk about your plan with other
household members and practice that plan
6 Be Informed
Learn about the emergencies that could happen in your area Find out
about local resources
7 Preparing for Emergencies
Learn what to do before during and after
7 Home Fires
9 Wildfires
1 0 Earthquakes
12 Tsunamis
13 Landslides
14 Biological or Chemical Threat
15 Individuals with Access Functional Needs
16 Seniors
17 Children
Get Connected
19 Get Connected
Organize your community and networks in person and on line
Agree to stay in touch
Take Action
20 Take Action
Take Classes to Be Red Cross Ready
21 Be Red Cross Ready Checklist
22 Emergency Contacts
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Be Prepared
An emergency may confine you to your home you may be asked to evacuate on short notice and it may
be days before you have access to shelter food and water The Red Cross recommends that you
store some essential items in an emergency supply kit so that you are prepared to sustain yourself for
three days at minimum The kit which is inexpensive and easy to assemble should be organized in one
easy to carry container that you can grab n go in the case of evacuation
Gathering emergency supplies is easy You will be surprised at how much you
already have
You may already have many items on the emergency kit list but they are probably stored in different
places in your household Begin by consolidating what you currently have into a single container You
don t have to complete your kit in one day you can gradually build it every time you are out shopping
The container can be a plastic bag a bucket a Red Cross backpack or a pillowcase Store enough
supplies for everyone in your household
Start with these two basic types
of emergency supplies kits
Personal Kit Three days of supplies
for one person in a pillow case bag
or backpack Keep a kit at home one
in your car and one at work
Mini Kits for your bedroom office or
car Keep a sturdy pair of shoes a
flashlight and an extra pair of glasses
if you wear them in a bag attached
to the foot of your headboard If an
emergency strikes at night you ll be
able to walk across debris and see
where you re going
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Emergency Kit Check List
Food and Water
o Water three day supply one gallon per person per day
ood Choose foods that don t need to be refrigerated
or cooked high protein such as energy bars After a major disaster you
ready to eat soups and peanut butter may not have access to
clean water It is important
ools utensils can opener napkins multi purpose tool
to store plenty of extra
work gloves
water and know how to
Emergency Gear access alternative sources
o Flashlight and extra batteries
o First aid kit Alternative sources of
water include
o Radio or mobile device battery or alternative powered
Melted ice cubes
Personal Items
o Medications prescription and over the counter medications Liquid in canned vegetables
o Clothing shoes and blanket W
ater stored in your water
anitary supplies toilet paper diapers feminine supplies heater to drain first shut off
and personal hygiene items the gas or electricity supply
and turn off the water intake
o Copies of important documents
valve Next open the drain at
ash and coins ATMs credit cards may not work if the the bottom of the tank and
power is out turn on a hot water faucet
o Family contact information in your house to let air into
the system
o Pet supplies
o Multi purpose tool such as a Leatherman and work gloves W
ater stored in your pipes
to drain first shut off the
o Comfort items such as toys games family photos
main water valve for your
home Next open a faucet
Mini Kit car example at the highest level in your
o Emergency gear flashlight and extra batteries first aid kit home to let the air into the
car cell phone charger plumbing and then take
water from the lowest
o Food bottled water and dried food such as granola bars faucet in the house
ar gear maps tire repair kit pump booster jumper
cables flares and white distress flag Water can be purified
by boiling for three to
upplies for different seasons Winter months shovel five minutes
scraper blanket Summer months sunscreen shade
Review your supplies every six months Replace any items nearing expiration dates Assemble
your kit or shop at redcrossstore org
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Make a Plan
After a disaster basic services may be unavailable Plan for power outages limited communication road
closures lack of clean water and a delay in help from emergency responders While the Red Cross and
your community partners are committed to lending a helping hand to those in need assistance may be
delayed in times of emergencies
Talk with your family friends and co workers about how to prepare for and respond to emergencies
Learn each person s needs and abilities Identify your risks and vulnerabilities
Identify each person s role and plan to work together as a team
Identify two exit routes from every room in your home In a disaster your primary route may be blocked
Choose two different types of places to meet up after a disaster
One should be near your home in the case of a local emergency like a fire
One should be outside your neighborhood in case your entire area is affected by a larger disaster
hoose an out of area contact Since local phone lines tend to be overloaded after an emergency
having an out of area contact helps you more easily reconnect with your family Choose someone who
lives far enough away that he or she would be unaffected by the same emergency Everyone in the
household should keep a copy of his or her contact information in their emergency kit
Identify two exits
from every room
Install smoke alarms on every level of
the home including inside and outside
each bedroom and in the basement
Pick a place outside for
everyone to meet
After a disaster use email or texting phone lines get overwhelmed
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Practice earthquake and fire drills twice a year One way to remember is to practice the drills when you
change your clocks
Make it fun for kids by having a picnic with your emergency supplies
Practice your home escape plan using both of your exit routes
o Call your out of area contact
o Use your two evacuation routes
o Bring your emergency kit
o Go to your designated meetings places
o Use the mobile apps so you know how they work
Be Informed
Know your risks
We re all at risk for earthquakes and home fires If you live near the coast you may also be at risk for tsunamis
Know how you ll be notified
The Emergency Alert System will broadcast Many county officials also use a reverse 911 system where
available to call you if your area is at risk To register cell phones and email go to your county s website
Know your nearest resources
Call 211 to find your nearest fire station police station and hospital Keep their non emergency phone
numbers on your fridge and stored in your cell phone
Install Red Cross Apps before
Install Red Cross Emergency App on your phone before a disaster Make sure that at
least one member of your household is trained in CPR and first aid
Be CPR Certified
Learn how to prepare for and respond to different emergency situations
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Preparing for Emergencies
Home Fire Safety
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home in every bedroom and sleeping area Test smoke alarms
every six months
Keep at least one fire extinguisher in your home
Keep flammable items at least three feet away from the stove space heaters and fireplaces
Turn off the stove if you are going to leave the kitchen even if you are leaving for a short period
Never smoke in bed
Unplug kitchen appliances such as toasters and blenders if they are not in use
Cooking SafetyCooking Safety
Keep an eye on what you fry Stay in the kitchen when frying grilling or using an open flame
Keep an eye on what you fry Stay in the kitchen when frying grilling or using an open flame
Fireplaces Space Heaters Baseboards etc
Fireplaces Space Heaters Baseboards etc
3 feet from the heat Furniture curtains dish towels and anything that could catch fire are at least
3 feet from any type of heat source Do y
3 feet from Smoking
the heat Furniture curtains dish towels and anything that could catch fire are at least
3 feet from any type of heat source A home fire can strike anyw
Never smoke in bed belongings but they also c
are catastrophic More peo
Electrical and Appliance Safety disasters Across the coun
Smoking Safety that the Red Cross respon
Large and small appliances are plugged directly into wall outlets
provide meals shelter and
Never smoke in bed
Children Playing
Matches and lighters are locked away
Electrical and Appliance Safety
Smoke Alarms
on average
Large and small appliances
Make are plugged
sure you have working directly
smoke alarms intoofwall
Different types smokeoutlets
alarms ionization and 7 people
photoelectric detect fire in different ways Experts recommend having both types in your home
die every day
Change smoke alarm batteries every year unless it has a long life battery from a home fire
Children Playing
Replace smoke alarms every ten years
Matches and lighters are locked away
Red Cross Home Fire
To prevent the needless los
Smoke Alarms Campaign which aims to r
25 percent by the end of 2
Make sure you have working smoke alarms Different types of smoke alarms ionization and
photoelectric detect fire in different ways Experts recommend having both types in your home
Change smoke alarm batteries every year unless it has a long life battery
Sources Vision 20 20 NFPA USFA
Replace smoke alarms every ten years 4
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Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children
Know how to shut off your water power and gas Do
not turn off the gas unless you know a gas line has
ruptured or you smell gas Your local utility will have to
turn it back on
Do a hazard hunt in your home Find items that might
fall during an earthquake and secure them
Look for fire hazards like frayed wires and overloaded
outlets and make them safe
Don t overload electrical outlets
If you have bars on doors or windows make sure they
have internal quick release devices
Get low to the ground and crawl to an exit whether
it be a door or a window
Check door handles with the back of your hand
before opening a door If the handle is hot look for
an alternate escape route as there may be a fire on
the other side of the door
If smoke heat or flames block your exit route hang
a sheet or towel outside your window to let the fire
departments know where you are
Once you are out stay out and go to your
designated meeting place Call 9 1 1
Never go back inside for possessions pets or even
other people
Stay out of fire damaged homes until local fire
authorities say it is safe to re enter
Check yourself for injuries and get first aid if necessary
People and animals that are severely injured or burned
should be seen by professional medical or veterinary
help immediately
Let friends and family know that you re safe
Check ceilings and floors for signs of sagging as
water from fire hoses may make ceilings and floors
easily collapsible
Do not drink water that you think may be contaminated
Discard food that has been exposed to smoke
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Wildfire Safety
Keep a safe zone of 30 feet around your
home with no dry vegetation or flammable
items like propane or firewood
Select building materials and plants that
resist fire
Keep your roof and gutters clean
Listen to local radio and TV stations or
access the Red Cross Emergency App
for wildfire information
Evacuate immediately if evacuation is
instructed or if you think the wildfire
Close all home openings to limit exposure
to smoke and dust
Move outside furniture and plants indoors
Do not return until officials declare the area safe
Use caution when entering burned areas as hot
spots may still exist and can flare up without
Wet debris down to minimize breathing in dust
Do not drink water that you think may be
contaminated
Discard food that has been exposed to smoke
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Earthquake Safety
Be aware of evacuation plans for all
buildings you regularly occupy
Identify safe places in each room of your
home workplace or school A safe place
could be under a piece of furniture or
against an interior wall away from windows
bookcases or tall furniture that could
fall on you
Practice drop cover and hold on in each
safe place
Keep a flashlight and pair of sturdy shoes by
each person s bed
Keep an emergency supplies kit in an easy
to access location
Bolt and brace bookcases cabinets and overhead light fixtures
Avoid hanging heavy items above beds and couches pictures mirrors
Drop cover and hold on Drop to the floor take cover under a piece of heavy furniture and protect your
head with one arm while holding on to furniture with the other arm
If there is no sturdy furniture to get under crouch with your
back against an interior wall and cover your head and neck
If you are in bed stay in bed and cover your head and neck with your pillow
If you are outdoors move into an open area away from buildings and trees
If you re driving calmly pull over to a clear area away from bridges and overpasses and put the car
After an earthquake prepare for potential aftershocks landslides or tsunami
Each time you feel an aftershock drop cover and hold on
Check yourself for injuries and get first aid if necessary before helping others
Get updated emergency information and instructions by listening to local radio or TV stations or by
accessing the Red Cross Emergency App
If there is no electricity use your mobile devices car radio or listen to your portable battery operated or
hand crank radio
Open closet and cabinet doors carefully as contents may have shifted
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Flood Safety
Become aware of evacuation plans for all
of the buildings you occupy regularly Pick
areas of high elevation as your evacuation
meeting place
Keep and maintain an emergency supplies
kit in an easy to access location
Talk with everyone in your household
about what to do if a flood watch or
warning is issued
Know the difference a flood watch means a
flood is possible a flood warning means a
flood is occurring or will occur meaning that
you should take immediate precautions
Listen to local radio or TV stations or access the Red Cross Emergency App for flood warnings
Evacuate immediately when a flash flood warning is issued or if you think it has already started
Move to higher ground away from rivers streams creeks and storm drains
Do not drive onto flooded roads or through rising water If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters abandon
it and climb to higher ground
Do not return until officials have declared the area safe
Parts of your home may be collapsed or damaged Approach buildings carefully
During cleanup wear protective clothing including rubber gloves and rubber boots
Contact your local public health department for recommendations for boiling or treating as water may
be contaminated
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Tsunami Safety
ecome aware of evacuation plans for all buildings you occupy regularly Pick areas of high elevation as
your evacuation meeting place
Store emergency supplies kit in an easy to access location
now your zone If you are within a tsunami inundation zone evacuate immediately to higher ground
If not stay where you are
Listen to local radio or TV stations or access the Red Cross Emergency App for tsunami warnings
I f a strong earthquake has just occurred while you are in a coastal area evacuate immediately Do not
wait for an official tsunami warning
Do not return to coastal areas until officials say it is safe
Check yourself for injuries and get first aid if necessary before helping injured or trapped persons
et updated emergency information and instructions by listening to local radio or TV stations or by
accessing the Red Cross Emergency App
I f there is no electricity use your mobile devices car radio or listen to your portable battery operated or
hand crank radio
Parts of your home may be collapsed or damaged Approach buildings carefully
During cleanup wear protective clothing including rubber gloves and rubber boots
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Landslide Safety
Become aware of evacuation plans for all
of the buildings you occupy regularly
Keep and maintain an emergency supplies
kit in an easy to access location
Be aware of your area s risk Watch patterns
of water runoff near your home Landslides
are more likely after heavy or sustained rain or
rapid snowmelt
After heavy rain listen for unusual sounds that
might indicate moving debris such as trees
cracking or boulders knocking together
If you suspect a landslide will occur
evacuate immediately
Be especially alert when evacuating Watch for
collapsed pavement mud fallen rocks and other debris
Stay away from the slide area as additional slides may occur
Check yourself for injuries and get first aid if necessary before helping injured or trapped persons
Get updated emergency information and instructions by listening to local radio or TV stations or by
accessing the Red Cross Emergency App
If there is no electricity use your mobile devices car radio or listen to your portable battery operated
or hand crank radio
Watch for flooding Floods sometimes follow landslides because they may both be started by the
same event
Check the building foundation and surrounding land for damage as it will help you assess the safety of
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Biological or Chemical Threat
Avoid mixing chemicals even everyday
household products
Store chemical products properly and away
from food items
Never smoke while using household
Clean up spills immediately being careful
to protect your eyes and skin
Dispose of unused chemicals properly
Follow instructions of the authorities Listen
to your emergency broadcast stations on
radio and TV
If you are told to shelter in place go inside close all windows and vents and turn off all fans heating or
cooling systems
Use duct tape to secure plastic sheeting around all cracks or sills where air could enter If you don t have
tape and plastic use wet cloths
If you find someone who is injured make sure you are not in danger before administering first aid
Use your phone only in life threatening emergencies Call poison control 1 800 222 1222 or 9 1 1
immediately
Do not return until officials have declared the area safe
Contact your local public health department for recommendations for boiling or treating as water may be
contaminated
Follow instructions from emergency officials concerning proper clean up
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