DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

12/23/2010

 
Are you prepared for Disaster Preparedness? Have you prepared for a flood? Have you prepared for an earthquake? If you are in Los Angeles and surrounding areas, you can learn to prepare for disasters by visiting the page http://preparela.org/ or http://redcrossla.org/.

Some points of guidelines, among others, are :
 

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.

 
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