How to Prepare for Evacuation in an EmergencyThe most important thing to do to make a family emergency plan work is to discuss the plan with your family. You will need to inform your children of the types of emergencies or disasters that could possibly happen in your area. This is not a pleasant conversation, especially when we talk about man-made disasters, such as chemical spills, explosions, air and water contamination, and attacks by terrorists and other warring factions.
Prepare the Home
Install fire extinguishers in at least the kitchen, garage, and basement. Be sure each person knows where they are located and how to use them.
Show each member of the family how to turn off the gas, electricity, and water at the main. Inform them of situations where it would be necessary to turn off each one.
Map out escape routes from each room and provide the necessary escape tools accordingly, such as ladders, etc.
Have an emergency bag prepared for each family member with a change of clothes, sturdy walking shoes, a flashlight with extra batteries (don’t forget your nikon d3000 battery charger), blanket, first aid supplies, copies of identification in a waterproof container, any prescription medication or the written prescription, and non-perishable food for 3 days along with drinking water.
Set up a meeting location very near your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire. You’ll want to make it somewhere close by that is familiar, but still outside your home.
Set up a second meeting location out of your neighborhood in case you are unable to return home for any reason.
Be sure every family member knows where the meeting places are and the route they will need to take to get there.
Designate a relative or friend from out of the area for family members to call to check-in with. If family members are separated, this person will become their ‘meeting location’ to relay messages, etc.