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					Your Family Disaster
       Four Steps
• Talk
• Create A Plan
• Complete Emergency
• Practice and Maintain Plan
• Talk with your family about the importance of
  advance planning for disasters.

• Know what types of disasters are likely to occur in
  your area.

     -Tennessee’s natural hazards include:
  droughts, earthquakes, floods, severe
  thunderstorms, tornadoes, wildfires, and occasional
  winter storms.
       Talk Continued
• Talk about you community’s warning
  signals. Ex: Tornado sirens
• If you have pets, ask your local
  emergency management office about
  animal care after a disaster.
• Also inquire about how to handle any
  family members with special needs.
• Find out about disaster plans at school,
  daycare, work, etc.
                Talk Cont.
• They like a routine and when this is disrupted, they
  become anxious
• They follow your lead
• Disasters are very traumatic for children
• Be mindful that after a disaster, children are afraid
    -The event will happen again
    -A loved one will be injured or killed
    -They will be separated from their family
    -They will be left alone
       Create the Plan
• Work as a team.
• Review the types of disasters that are
  most likely to occur and outline a
  response plan for each type of disaster.
• Pick two places to meet with family.
     -One outside your home (fire)
     -One outside your neighborhood (in
  case you are unable to return home)
  Create the Plan Cont.
• Assign an out of state “family contact”.
• Discuss a plan of evacuation for your
  home. (include two escape routes out of
  every room in the house)
• Include a plan for the care of your pets.
  (find out what hotels take pets)
• Discuss and decide on the best escape
  routes from your neighborhood.
   Complete Emergency
Responsible family members should:
• Know the location and procedure for
  turning off utilities.
• Know where and how to use a fire
  extinguisher correctly.
    Complete Emergency
      Checklist Cont.
• Know how to check and replace smoke
  detector batteries.
• Post emergency telephone numbers next to
• Teach family members how and when to call
• Check your insurance coverage.
• Find the safe spots in your home for each
  type of disaster.
    Complete Emergency
      Checklist Cont.
• Family members should take a first aid
  and CPR class.
• Conduct a “home hazard hunt”.
• Stock emergency supplies.
• Assemble disaster supply kit.
       Home Supply Kits
• Home: The rule of thumb is to keep enough
  supplies in your home to meet the needs of
  each family member for at least three days.
• Home Kit should include:
     -Water (1 gallon per person)
     -Food (ready to eat)
     -Eating Supplies
     -First Aid Supplies
     -Change of clothing
     -Emergency Tools (flashlight, batteries, etc.)
 Home Supply Kits Cont.
   -Special items for infants or elderly
   -Prescription and non-prescription drugs
   -Toilet paper, paper towels, etc.         -
   -Liquid soap detergent
   -Feminine supplies
   -Personal hygiene items
   -Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal
sanitation purposes)
Home Supply Kits Cont.
   -Plastic bucket with tight lid
   -Household chlorine bleach
   -Rain gear
   -Sturdy shoes or boots
   -Important family documents (Will,
insurance policies, bank account numbers,
family records and all need to be stored in a
water-proof, portable container)
          First Aid Kit
• You need one for home and one for your
• It should include:
      -Bandages in assorted sizes
      -Assorted sizes of safety pins
      -Cleansing agent
      -Latex gloves (? Latex allergy)
 First Aid Kit Cont.
-2 inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
-4 inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
-Non prescription drugs
-2 inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
-3 inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
 First Aid Kit Cont.
-Tongue blades
-Tube of petroleum jelly
  Car Emergency Kit
-Battery powered radio with batteries
-First aid kit
-Flashlight and batteries
-Jumper cables
-Bottled water
-High energy snacks
   Car Emergency Kit
    Supplies Cont.
-Tire repair kit
     Practice and Maintain
• Quiz family members every 4-6 months so they
  remember what to do in a disaster situation.
• Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills.
• Replace stored water every 3 months.
• Replace stored food every 6 months.
• Test and recharge your fire extinguisher
  according to manufacturer’s instructions.
• Test your smoke detectors monthly.
• Change smoke detector battery yearly.
• Meet with neighbors to plan how everyone can
  work together after a disaster until help arrives.
• Introduce the topic of disaster preparedness at
  a neighborhood association meeting.
• Know the skill set of your neighbors.
• Know the special needs population of your
• Make childcare plans in case parents can’t get
         If Disaster Strikes
•   Stay calm.
•   Activate your plan.
•   Assess for injuries.
•   Listen for instructions from local authorities on
    your battery powered radio.
•   Assess your home for damage.
•   Sniff for gas leaks.
•   Call your “family contact”.
•   Check on neighbors, especially elderly or
     If Disaster Strikes Cont.
•   Confine or secure pets.
•   Shut off damaged utilities.
•   Check for fire hazards using flashlights, not matches.
•   If evacuation is necessary:
        -Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
        -Lock your home.
        -Use travel routes outlined by local authorities.
        -Post a note telling others when you left and where
    you are going.
   Additional Resources
• Terrorism- Preparing for the Unexpected,1082
• Financial Preparations,1082
• Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen
  Preparedness Go to website
  and order the book for free
     Additional Resources
• American Red Cross Homeland Security
  Advisory System Recommendations,10720_1_1418,0
• Public Health Emergency Preparedness and
• Disasters and Emergencies

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