INDIVIDUAL _ FAMILY DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

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					                     INDIVIDUAL & FAMILY DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

Greater Houston is vulnerable to storms, high winds, flooding and power outages - especially during
Hurricane Season: June 1 - November 30. So....BE PREPARED!

CHECKLISTS
http://www.redcross.org/www-
files/Documents/pdf/Preparedness/checklists/Be_Red_Cross_Ready.pdf

http://www.redcross.org/www-files/Documents/pdf/Preparedness/checklists/Hurricane.pdf

RESOURCES
 Hurricane/Storm/Emergency Evacuation and Weather Updates http://www.nhc.noaa.gov
 KTRH 740 AM Radio
 American Red Cross (Houston) 713-526-8300. http://www.houstonredcross.org/
 Jewish Family Service: 713-667-9336. jfsstormhelp@gmail.com
    JFS Dallas 1-972-437-9950 (24-hour answering service)

NOW
 CALL & REGISTER. Senior adults and those with special needs: call 2-1-1 NOW and register for
 transportation to ensure year-long help for hurricane or other evacuation emergencies. (Registration
 must be renewed each year)

DEVELOP A FAMILY COMMUNICATION PLAN:
  Everyone may not be together so establish a plan for contacting each other
  In case of emergency, select a meeting location outside of the house where everyone is
    to go immediately.
  Choose an out-of-town/state family member or friend as a contact person who family
     members and friends will call for information.

CHECK: Insurance coverage. Homeowner’s insurance does not cover flood damage.

CELL PHONE: Keep charged and have extra batteries.

VEHICLES: Keep vehicles serviced with a full tank of gas. Keep city & state maps in your
         vehicle

MAKE LISTS:
  Emergency Numbers (including cell phones): family, neighbors, friends
  Account numbers: bank, credit cards, utilities, insurance
  Medications: Prescription names, numbers & pharmacies’ names & numbers
  Telephone Numbers: doctors, utility companies, insurance company, pharmacies, bank

MAKE COPIES:
  Scan or photocopy: Social Security, Medicare, Insurance cards, prescriptions, insurance,
     Passport, Drivers License.
  Photograph & Inventory: art, collectables, antiques & valuable items.
  Back up your important computer files on a flash drive or CD.
  Keep copies with you in a plastic bag or a waterproof container.
GATHER 3-DAY SUPPLIES (Emergency Supply Kit):
  WATER (1 Gallon/person/day)
  NON-PERISHABLE FOOD, e.g., Peanut butter & jelly, crackers, energy bars, canned
   goods (food that does not need cooking or hot water)
  COOLER WITH ICE
  PAPER - tissues, towels, wipes, sanitary supplies
  PRESCRIPTIONS - at least a 3-day supply of all medications
  CASH - At least $100 in small bills.
  FLASHLIGHT & extra batteries
  PORTABLE RADIO & extra batteries
  EXTRA BATTERIES - cell phone, flashlight, hearing aid, medical equipment, radio, etc.
  MANUAL CAN OPENER & Eating utensils
  BLANKETS
  EXTRA CLOTHES (Include raingear)
  PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS
  FIRST AID KIT (Include Mosquito Repellent)
  TOYS, GAMES, BOOKS
  TOOLS (pliers, hammer, nails, shovel, rope, duct tape, jumper cables, screw driver
        knife and/or multi-functional tool)
  PLASTIC SHEETS & BAGS W/TIES
  PET SUPPLIES - leash, food, water, medication, carrier, treats, toys

EVACUATION PLAN:
  Evacuate only when instructed to do so and
       If you are in storm surge area
       If your area is prone to flooding
       If your area is in danger from high winds

  Inform your contact person of your plans
  Determine escape routes and places to meet in case you get separated during evacuation
  Decide where you are going and where you plan to stay. Plan to travel at least 200 miles
  Plan on being in your vehicle for a lengthy period of time.

Before you evacuate
   Board up large plate glass windows; close drapes, shutters, etc
   Turn off fans and air-conditioning
   Unplug large electrical appliances, TVs, computers
   Close fireplace damper
   Turn off water at the main
   Bring in or secure outdoor furniture &other loose objects, e.g., hanging baskets, bird
     feeders;
Do not evacuate for comfort reasons - wait until the storm has passed

SHELTERING IN PLACE:
  Inform your contact person(s) of your plans
  Designate a windowless interior room as your safe room
  Store your 72-hour emergency supply kit in the safe room
  Fill bathtub & sinks with water for hygiene and flushing toilets
  Bring in or secure outdoor furniture & other loose objects, e.g., hanging baskets, bird feeders;
  Board up large, plate glass windows; close drapes, shutters, etc.
  In case of power outage, turn off fans & air-conditioning; unplug large electrical
   appliances, TVs, computers. Keep refrigerator & freezer doors shut; open only as necessary
  Continue to monitor weather forecasts

				
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