The 10 S.A.F.E. steps for survival

  1. Formulate a working plan for your family using the American Red Cross brochure “Emergency Preparedness Checklist” and “Your Family Disaster Plan” as a guide. Include a home evacuation plan, with a floor plan, that each family member can readily follow should it be necessary to leave if there is a power outage.
  2. Show family members how to turn off the gas, electricity and water at the main switches if necessary. Place a wrench near the gas meter for easy access.
  3. Prepare and distribute family member ID Cards with emergency information and an out of area family member telephone number. Be sure to include special medications, health problems, ect. so that emergency services personnel will know what special precautions must be taken with that family member.
  4. Put family records and other valuable possessions into a safe deposit box in a local financial institution, or place them in a home safe.
  5. Take a basic first-aid and CPR course.
  6. Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit. Remember you must have a minimum of one gallon of water per person per day. Don’t forget food for your pets and any medications they must have.
  7. Check your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers to ensure they are working properly.
  8. Do a home hazard hunt using the American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Check list guide.
  9. Get to know your neighbors, because in a disaster or emergency you will be somewhat dependent on each other.
  10. Organize a Neighborhood Watch group, or join Neighborhood Watch if one is located in your area. The greater number of participants, the greater opportunity for survival.
If a disaster strikes, remain calm and patient. Put your plan in motion. Give first aid and get help for the seriously injured, if possible. Listen to your battery-powered radio for special bulletins.  Check for damage to your home.  Use your flashlights.  Check for fires or other hazards. Secure your pets in a safe area.