There are many different types of emergencies. Emergencies can be as simple as a power failure or more serious, such as:
These emergencies, small or large, seldom give warning and are devastating to their victims. Emergencies 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? Most disasters will keep local officials busy for at least 72 hours (3-days). Officials and relief workers will be on the scene during and after the emergency, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. Families and communities can and do cope with emergencies by preparing in advance, working together as a team.
The key to surviving any emergency or disaster situation is planning. Discuss emergency plans with each household member. Adult and teenage members of the household should share in the actual preparation decisions. Be sure to consider any special needs, disabilities, or particular hazards in your home. Make sure everyone knows where the closest fire station, medical facility and police station are located.
Have escape routes planned for each part of your home or work place. Every member should know the quickest and safest escape routes and all possible hazards that could be in their path. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility.