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28 page Red Cross Family Disaster Plan for Download - in .pdf format

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Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services--water, gas, electricity or telephones--were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away.

Families can--and do--cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Follow the steps listed in this brochure to create your family's disaster plan. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility.

4 Steps to Safety

1. Find Out What Could Happen to You 2. Create a Disaster Plan 3. Complete This Checklist 4. Practice and Maintain Your Plan

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Working with neighbors can save lives and property. Meet with your neighbors to plan how the neighborhood could work together after a disaster until help arrives. If you're a member of a neighborhood organization, such as a home association or crime watch group, introduce disaster preparedness as a new activity. Know your neighbors' special skills (e.g., medical, technical) and consider how you could help neighbors who have special needs, such as disabled and elderly persons. Make plans for child care in case parents can't get home.

Home Hazard Hunt

During a disaster, ordinary objects in your home can cause injury or damage. Anything that can move, fall, break, or cause a fire is a home hazard. For example, a hot water heater or a bookshelf can fall. Inspect your home at least once a year and fix potential hazards.

Contact your local fire department to learn about home fire hazards.


Emergency Supplies


If Disaster Strikes Check for Injuries Listen to Your Battery-Powered Radio for News and Instructions Check for Damage in Your Home... Remember to... General Disaster Preparedness Information

General Disaster Preparedness Materials for Children

To get copies of American Red Cross community disaster education materials, contact your local Red Cross chapter.

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