Plan For Emergency

Plan For Emergency – Be Prepared

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Although short in length, this AdCouncil video contains an extremely important message…

Three main points are given to help you be prepared:

1) Have an emergency supply kit
2) Have an emergency plan
3) Find out about natural disasters in your area

Emergencies can be life-changing events. Be sure to equip yourself with the information you need in order to be ready should an emergency occur.

Evacuation Plan: What To Do In An Evacuation

Evacuation Plan: Do You Know What To Do In An Evacuation?

There are many types of natural disasters and emergency situations that can create dangerous circumstances which may cause officials to issue an emergency evacuation notification…such as severe weather, hurricane, or wildfire.  You must create an evacuation plan before disaster occurs.

This video reminds us that the time to think about evacuating is now, before disaster occurs. Make an emergency plan to be sure you and your family are able to safely evacuate and get out of harm’s way.  while at the same time staying safe on the road as well as having needed supplies on hand.

 

 

5 Emergency Evacuation Tips

These five tips will help you take the essential steps needed in order to accomplish the required preparation to make your own emergency evacuation plan to get you and your loved ones out of harm’s way.

Tip #1: Know where you will evacuate to. For example: to a friend’s house out of town; a hotel; or as a last resort, a shelter.

If you have a pet, be sure to check ahead to see if pets are allowed, as some shelters and hotels will not accept pets.

This first step may seem obvious, but you might not think of this first step until you’re experience an emergency it’s actually time to evacuate.

Tip #2: Know your evacuation route.  Evacuation routes often have signs posted on area roads.

If evacuation is due to an approaching storm, make sure to stay informed of the path the storm is expected to take so you won’t be driving directly into danger.

Be sure to check local news and government websites to learn if contra-flow lanes will be set up to be dedicated lanes to outbound traffic.

Tip #3: Plan on long traffic delays.  Your neighbors will also be traveling in the same direction so plan on being patient and leave early.

Tip #4: Keep your vehicle in good shape by checking fluids, tires, and tire pressures.

Tip #5: If the emergency you are facing is one that comes with advanced warning, then be sure to take advantage of the this and use this extra time to fill up your gas tanks.

It’s important to get gas as soon as possible because if power is lost, station pumps may be inoperative. Another problem you may run into at the gas station is that there may be long lines after a disaster causing stations to run out of fuel.

Emergency Evacuation: You’ve Got 10 Minutes!

Emergency Evacuation:  Imagine the fire department is at your front door telling you that you have 10 minutes to evacuate.

  • Have you talked about making a plan for emergency?
  • What you would do in the event an emergency evacuation is issued where you are?
  • Have you made an evacuation plan?

Watch the video shown below as two families respond to this very message from the fireman ringing their doorbell: “You have 10 minutes to evacuate the house.”  Two families… and two completely different responses.

One family, with two young children, had already talked about what they would do in an emergency evacuation.  Not only had they discussed evacuation procedures and made an emergency plan, but they practiced their evacuation plan.  Their evacuation planning divided up the duties: “Mom” packed a suitcase with clothing, hygiene items, medicine and “comfort items,” while “Dad” was in charge of office and photos.  He quickly disconnected and packed the computer, and also grabbed important personal files along with a pre-packed box of financial records and photos. In less than 10 minutes they were ready to load their emergency items in the car.

We see a completely different scenario with the other family.  This family with three young children and a dog had not previously talked about an emergency plan to evacuate.  Three minutes into the evacuation notice, this family is still trying to figure out what to pack.  As they are getting the children into their car seats, they realize they hadn’t brought any clothing for the children because each parent thought the other had done that.  While the children wait in the car, the husband runs out of the house with his guitar while the wife is running back in after her purse. The last image you see as they’re ready to drive off is the family dog jumping onto mom’s lap in the front seat.

When interviewed later, the unprepared mother in the video states that they were “calamity” and “not prepared,” in contrast to the statement made by the prepared family mom in which she says they were able to evacuate in less than 10 minutes because they had made and practiced their “plan in advance” and they knew what “the basic things are that you need to take.”

Even if you’re not located in an area where you might expect to experience an evacuation, it is wise to plan for it.  Sit down together with your family and ask the question, “What would we take if we only had 10 minutes to leave?”

The Insurance Information Institution provides the following recommendations for emergency evacuation:

Evacuation Tips:

  • Make an evacuation plan ahead of time.
  • Decide who will pack what.
  • Make a list of what you need to pack: medicines, clothes, food & water, etc.
  • Pre-pack financial records: wills, deeds, insurance policies, birth certificates, etc.
  • Also pre-pack any other emergency supply items that are able to be stored for a period of time.
  • Make a list of your home inventory and store this list at a separate location.
  • Have an out of town contact person to help communicate to other loved ones when local phone lines may be out of service or overloaded.