Designate an Out-Of-Area Contact Person: This person should be far enough away that it is unlikely he/she would be affected by the same emergency. All family members should call this person to report their locations if they cannot reach each other. Provide your contact person with important names and numbers (see below) so he/she can assist in keeping others posted on your situation. Be sure to get a complete list of telephone numbers for your Out-Of-Area Contact Person too.
Create a Communications Card for each member of your household to keep with them at all times. This card should include all of the various telephone numbers for each family member: home, work/school, cell, and any other family members that reside in your home. It is also a good idea to include first responder direct telephone numbers in case 911 service is not available or busy. You can get their direct numbers from the telephone directory listed under Government. Important: Do not call 911 to request these numbers.
You should also include utility contact numbers, with account numbers, so you can arrange for services to be repaired, disconnected, etc.
Lastly, be sure to send a copy of the Communications Card to your designated Out-Of-Area contact person.
Create an Emergency Supply Kit and a Go Bag:
Make sure that all members of your household know where these supplies are.
Determine The Best Escape Routes From Your Home: Identify at least two separate escape routes and practice using them.
Keep a flashlight (with fresh batteries) and a pair of outdoor shoes by each bed. Check your flashlights once a month.
Locate Your Gas Main and Other Utilities:
Make sure the entire household knows where they are and how to operate them. Make sure your home is as safe and secure as possible.
Make Copies of All Important Documents:
Keep them off-site in a secure location. Include these documents: passports, birth certificates, Social Security cards, wills, deeds, driver’s licenses, financial documents, insurance information, and prescription refill numbers. Catalog and photograph valuables, and keep these with your second set of documents. While making your plan, consider the requirements of your children, seniors, persons with special needs, non-English speakers, and pets in your household.