Family Disaster Plan
A well thought-out plan for you and your family can go a long way toward reducing the damage from hurricanes. With hurricane season upon us, preparing your family disaster plan is the first step.
- Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
- 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 places within your community.
- Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.
- Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.
- Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
- Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
- Teach responsible family members how to turn off the utilities in your home.
- Check your insurance coverage — flood damage is not usually covered by homeowner's insurance.
- Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and your Disaster Supply Kit.
- Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every six months.
- Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.
Source: National Hurricane Center