Basic Preparedness Tips

Basic Preparedness Tips

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO BE PREPARED


Basic Preparedness Tips

Create an emergency communications plan: Choose an out-of-town contact your family or household will call or e-mail to check on each other should disaster occur.

Establish a meeting place: Having a predetermined meeting place away from your home will save time and minimize confusion should your home be affected or the area evacuated.

Assemble a disaster supplies kit: Your kit should contain food, water and supplies for at least 3 days. Your kit should also include first aid supplies. The kit should be kept in a designated place and should be ready to “grab and go” in case you have to evacuate your home.

Know your school's disaster/emergency plan: All schools have a disaster/emergency plan that is strictly followed. Ask for a copy of the school's plan for your records. Discuss it with your children.

Emergency Preparedness Tips for Children: http://www.fema.gov/kids/

Other resources: web resources and Clatsop County's Emergency Management Division.

The American Red Cross offers a Safe and Well web site to provide families with a tool to exchange welfare information with loved ones and friends in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The site allows a disaster victim to select and post standard messages for friends and family that indicate the victim is safe and well and will make contact when they are able. Those worried about the safety of a victim can access the site, enter either the name and telephone number or name and complete address of the person in question, and view their "safe and well" messages.