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  • Before The Storm
  • Create a Disaster Plan
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  • Practice & Maintain Your Plan

Discuss the types of hazards that could affect your family, then create and rehearse an emergency plan for either sheltering at home or evacuating, if that becomes necessary.

Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.  Front doors and garage doors are the most susceptible to wind.  If wind enters a home, the roof can be torn off.

Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard.  In certain circumstances, the safest areas may not be your home, but somewhere else in your community.

Determine escape routes and a place to meet.  The location should be no farther than 10 or 15 miles.

Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know when & how to call 911.

Even with tie-down straps, mobile homes can only withstand minimal hurricane winds. Plan to evacuate.

Check your insurance policy.  Make sure you have enough coverage for your home and personal property.

Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster. Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather and earthquakes to children. Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.

Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain what to do in each case.
Pick two places to meet:

    1. Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire.
    2. Outside your neighborhood in case you can't return home. Everyone must know the address and phone number.

Ask an out-of-state friend to be your "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Other family members should call this person and tell them where they are. Everyone must know your contact's phone number.

Discuss what to do in an evacuation. 
Create your plan at www.floridadisaster.org/family

  1. Post emergency telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance, etc.).
  2. Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1 or your local Emergency Medical Services number for emergencies.
  3. Show each family member how and when to turn off the water, gas and electricity at the main switches.
  4. Check if you have adequate insurance coverage.
  5. Teach each family member how to use the fire extinguisher (ABC type) and show them where it's kept.
  6. Install smoke detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms.
  7. Conduct a home hazard hunt.
  8. Stock emergency supplies and assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit.
  9. Take a Red Cross first aid and CPR class.
  10. Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room.
  11. Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.
  1. Quiz your kids every six months so they remember what to do.

  2. Test your smoke detectors monthly.

  3. Conduct fire and emergency evacuation.

  4. Replace stored water every three months and stored food every six months.

  5. Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s) according to manufacturer's instructions.

  6. Test your smoke detectors monthly and charge the batteries at least once a year.
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