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  1. Find out what could happen to you and your family
    • Contact your local emergency management office; be prepared to take notes.
    • Ask what types of disasters are most likely to happen. Request information on how to prepare for each.
    • Learn about your community's warning signals: what they sound like and what you should do when you hear them.
    • Ask about animal care after disaster. Animals may not be allowed inside emergency shelters due to health regulations.
    • Find out how to help elderly or disabled persons, if needed.
    • Next, find out about the disaster plans at your workplace, your children's school or daycare center and other places where your family spends time.
  2. Create a Disaster Plan
    • Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster.
    • Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather and other hazards to children.
    • Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.
    • Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain what to do in each case.
    • Pick two places to meet.
    • Ask an out-of-state friend to be your "family contact."
    • Discuss what to do in an evacuation.
    • Plan how to take care of your pets.
  3. Make emergency preparations
    • Post emergency telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance, etc.).
    • Teach children how and when to call 911 for emergency help.
    • Show each family member how and when to turn off the water, gas and electricity at the main switches.
    • Check if you have adequate insurance coverage.
    • Teach each family member how to use the fire extinguisher (ABC type), and show them where it's kept.
    • Install smoke detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms.
    • Conduct a home hazard hunt.
    • Stock emergency supplies and assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit.
    • Take a first aid and CPR class.
    • Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room.
    • Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.
  4. Practice and maintain your plan
    • Quiz your kids every six months so they remember what to do.
    • Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills.
    • Replace stored water every three months and stored food every six months.
    • Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s) according to manufacturer's instructions.
    • Test your smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries at least twice a year.