ü Put a flashlight, a sturdy pair of shoes and extra glasses (if you wear them) in a bag and tie it to the base of your headboard.
ü Tell houseguests and babysitters about your emergency plans and show them where you keep your kit.
ü A flood WATCH means a flood is possible in your area. A flood WARNING means a flood is occurring or will soon.
ü The phone number for Poison Control is 1-800-222-1222. Post it by your phone.
ü If you come across someone who’s hurt or unconscious, ask someone to call 911 or call 911 yourself before moving to care for the person.
ü Back up your essential data often. Store the back-ups in a fireproof safe, or somewhere off-site.
ü Pick two meeting places for your family in case you need to evacuate your home - one nearby, and one about a mile away.
ü The average person needs a gallon of water per day for drinking and sanitation. Be sure to keep enough in your emergency kit.
ü Go to citizencorps.gov to find out if there’s a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) in your neighborhood. If not, why not start one?
ü Keep a whistle in your emergency kit. You may need it to attract attention and get help.
ü Do you know where your nearest police station, fire station and hospital are?
ü Keep cash in small denominations in your emergency kit. If the power is out after a disaster, ATMs and credit card machines won't work.
ü If there's a fire in your home, get out first, then call 911.
ü Test your smoke alarm twice a year. Everyone in your household should be familiar with the sound.
ü Include a local map on your emergency kit. After a disaster, familiar routes may be blocked or closed.
ü Never walk or drive through moving water. It’s stronger than you think.
ü Nobody knows how to predict earthquakes. Be prepared for a quake at all times.
ü Practice two escape routes from your house before you need to use them. You may have to escape in the dark, or through smoke.
ü In LA, the Emergency Alert System will broadcast information on KFI 640 am and KNX 1070 am radio.