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Your family disaster plan should
include the following:
Conduct annual safety drills at your
home and your place of business.
Prepare for various types of
emergencies such as earthquakes
and fires. Identify safe spots in each
room to take cover, such as under
tables and desks and against interior
walls in case of an earthquake.
Escape Routes: Think about and
know the various emergency exits
and alternate escape routes at the
places where you frequently are in
case a disaster such as a fire or
earthquake strikes: your home, your
place of business, your place of
worship and your children’s school.
Talk to your employer and your
children’s school about emergency
plans. Find out how they will
communicate with families during an
emergency. Talk to your neighbors
about how you can work together.
Make special arrangements for
children or people with disabilities
to safely be able to reach the ground
level if they have to be evaluated
from a second-story.
Identify meeting places outside of
your home and your neighborhood.
Create a plan to get away if you
must leave your neighborhood: Plan
in advance how you will assemble
your family and where you will go if
you must evacuate your home.
Choose several destinations in
different directions so you will have
options in case roads and freeways
become blocked. Keep at least a
half of tank of gas in your
vehicle at all times. Become
familiar with alternative forms of
transportation as well.
Develop a Family
Communications Plan, so
that if your family is not all
together when a disaster strikes,
you will know how to contact
each other. Review with your
family what you will do under
various emergency situations.
Create a plan where everyone
knows how to contact each
other through phoning or
emailing the same family
member or relative in the event
of an emergency. Having an out
of town person for all family
members to contact in case
local phone lines are not
operational, is a safe strategy.
Make sure all family members
have the emergency family
contact numbers, as well as a
working cell phone, prepaid
phone cards or coins for a
public phone and email
addresses.
Persons with Special Needs:
Be certain your family plan
includes the needs of all
members of your household
including your pets. People with
special needs may include
persons with developmental and
physical disabilities, pregnant
women, the elderly, people with
no access to transport and rely
on devices such as wheelchairs
and other walking devices.
Safety Skills:
Learn First Aid and CPR, as well
as take Community Emergency
Response Team (CERT)
training. To receive training on
First Aid & CPR, contact the
Red Cross at 888-864-3575 or
http://redcrossla.org. To receive
CERT training, contact Los
Angeles Fire Department at
323-881-2481 or
www.firelacounty.gov
Dial 911 for emergency
services; 211 in Los Angeles
County to get information
on local support services.
your portable radio to KFI 640
AM; KNX 1070 AM; KFWB 980
AM; KRLA 870 AM & KABC
790 AM
Local radio stations will transmit
emergency alert messages and
pass along directions and
updates on emergencies from
public authorities Tune in on
Make a Family Disaster Plan for Emergencies
Listen for Emergency Instructions
E MERGENCY P R E PA R E D N E SS
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