If Disaster Strikes

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  • Remain calm and patient. Put your plan into action.
  • Check for injuries, give first aid, and get help for seriously injured people.
  • Listen to your battery-powered radio for news and instructions.
  • Evacuate, if advised to do so. Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
  • Check for damage in your home.
  • Use flashlights. Do not light matches or turn on electrical switches if you suspect damage.
  • Check for fires, fire hazards and other household hazards.
  • Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside quickly.
  • Shut off any other damaged utilities.
  • Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline and other flammable liquids immediately.
  • Remember to confine or secure your pets.
  • Call your family contact. Do not use the telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
  • Check on your neighbors, especially elderly or disabled persons.
  • Make sure you have an adequate water supply in case service is cut off.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • Evacuate immediately if told to do so.
  • Listen to battery powered radio and follow the instructions of local emergency officials.
  • Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
  • Take your disaster supplies kit.
  • Lock your home.
  • Use travel routes specified by local authorities. Don't use shortcuts. Certain areas may be impassable or dangerous.
  • If you're sure you have time, shut off water, gas and electricity before leaving, if instructed to do so.
  • Post a note telling others when you left and where you are going.
  • Make arrangements for your pets.