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General Tips

  • Emergency plans should be fluid. Make sure to run through your plan from time to time in order to make any changes that might be necessary.
  • Consistently backup your computer to the cloud or a hard drive you keep outside your home in the event your computer is destroyed.
  • Consider storing a hard copy of important documents at your office or some other secure location.

Home Tips

  • Keep fire extinguishers in your kitchen, near your washer and dryer, and near your hot water heater — as well as other locations in your home — so that they are easily accessible.
  • Learn how to shut off your gas. If you smell gas, shut it off. Do not turn the gas line back on yourself — wait for the power company or first responders to give you the go-ahead and assist you.
  • Learn how to shut off your water.

Evacuation Tips

  • Make sure all family members can easily access your GoBag(s) and are aware of what is on your GoList.
  • Consider keeping as many GoList items as possible in a separate bag or grouped together for quick retrieval.
  • Post a list of your GoList items in a common space where family members can easily reference it during an emergency.

Kid Tips

  • Be sure children have an information card with parent and out-of-state emergency contacts with them at all times.
  • Allow children to master fire escape drills during the day before holding a fire drill at night. The objective is to practice, not to frighten.
  • Place phone numbers of parents, emergency contacts, and out-of-state contacts inside your child’s backpack so that they have those documents with them in the event of an emergency during school hours.

Pet Tips

  • Be sure to identify a shelter and/or the home of a family member or friend that you can evacuate to with your pet(s).
  • Be sure that you have prepared any necessary items to care for your pet(s) in your GoBag.
  • Be sure that you have a photo of you and your pet(s) included in your important documents.

Smartphone Tips

  • If possible, install a landline that you can link to your smartphone.
  • Unless you’re in danger, send a text. Texts will likely have an easier time getting through than phone calls. Phone lines are also needed by emergency workers.
  • Add an In Case of Emergency (ICE) contact to your cell phone.

If You Lose Your Home

  • Access your ARE YOU READY? to have on-hand essential plan items.
  • Register at the shelters, with Red Cross and any other agency there, FEMA, etc.
  • Insurance: Call Homeowners/Rental insurance to trigger “Loss of Use”.