General Preparedness in Your Home

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General Preparedness in Your Home

  • Have and practice a household disaster plan. Be familiar with the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS).
  • Establish meeting places and phone numbers in case household members are separated.
  • Identify an out-of-state contact to call during a major disaster or emergency.
  • Prepare and keep up-to-date disaster supply kits for your home and vehicle.
  • Teach all members of the household when, where, and how to turn off utilities. Have any necessary tools handy.
  • If you have children in school, make sure you understand the emergency plans and expectations at the school.
  • Preplan alternate transportation routes to important destinations.
  • Keep at least a half-tank of gas in your vehicle at all times. Remember, gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
  • Know ahead of time what you should do to help family, friends, or neighbors who are elderly or have special needs.
  • Make sure you’re dealing with credible sources before providing credit card numbers, social security numbers, and other personal information to people or organizations on the internet. Use anti-virus software and regularly download security protection updates.