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WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF A DISASTER
Disasters of various degrees can strike quickly and without warning.
Would you know what to do if basic services like water, gas, electricity
or telephones were cut off???
Some tips to help you and your family cope with a disaster include the
• Find out what could happen to you. Ask what types of disasters are
most likely to happen in this area. Learn about your community's warning
signals: what they sound like and what you should do when you hear them.
• Create a disaster plan. Discuss with your family the types of
disasters that are most likely to happen and explain what to do in each
case. Have a primary and secondary place to meet.
• Create a disaster checklist. A simple checklist including posting of
emergency phone numbers, show family members how to shut off
electricity, gas and water lines, and know which family member is
responsible for each task.
• Practice and maintain your plan. Quiz your kids every six months or so
to make sure they remember what to do. Change batteries in smoke
detectors, flashlights, and radios each year to make sure they will
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FOR PETS
Please remember your pets in cases of emergency. Make arrangements to
evacuate yourself and your pet(s) to a friends or relatives in a safe
area before the storm. Make sure your pets have all current
immunizations and take these with you if you have to evacuate. Pack a
pet survival kit: ample food, medications, specific care instructions,
and one of your pet’s familiar toys. Throughout the evacuation and
storm, your pet will need reassurance from you. Remain calm and keep as
close to their normal routine as possible.
Severe storms, which are tracked for weeks, can develop on very short
notice. Most severe thunderstorms develop when a cold front moves into
an area with a hot and humid air mass. Learn the thunderstorm danger
• Dark, towering or threatening clouds.
• Distant lightning and thunder
Because light travels so much faster than sound, lightning flashes can
be seen long before the resulting thunder is heard. Estimate the number
of miles you are from a thunderstorm by counting the number of seconds
between a flash of lightning and the next clap of thunder. Divide that
number by five to calculate the mileage.
When a tornado is coming, you have only a short amount of time to make
life-or-death decisions. Advance planning and quick responses are the
key to surviving. Before a tornado hits, designate an area in the home as
a shelter and practice having everyone in the family go there in
response to a tornado threat. If you live in a mobile home, have a place
with a strong foundation to go to. Mobile homes are particularly
vulnerable since they can be overturned easily by the high winds. During
the storm go to the basement, or if you don’t have a basement, an
interior hallway or small room without any windows. After the storm is
over, check for gas leaks, damage to electrical lines and water and
sewer line damage. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FIX THEM YOURSELF! Contact the
local utilities to make necessary repairs.