Keeping a Family Disaster Plan - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/4/04

Keeping a Family Disaster Plan

The Red Cross is urging all families to learn how to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

"I think as Americans, we're all becoming more aware of preparedness and this is our way to help you do this." Jo Ann Jackson is the Executive Director for the Red Cross, South Plains Chapter. "We think families should sit down and talk together and decide what they will do in the event of an emergency."

The Red Cross’s new five step plan will help you do just that!

Step 1: Make a Plan

"What’s your plan? How are you going to get in touch with each other, are you going to have a meeting place? What will you do?"

Jackson suggests sitting down with your family and discussing the possibilities of disaster in your area. For example in Lubbock, that may include a severe wind storm or tornado.

  • Choose at least two places to meet after a disaster.
  • Learn how to turn off the utilities in your home.
  • Practice your plan, including any evacuation routes.

Step 2: Build an Emergency Kit

So, to get you started lets build a basic safety kit.

  • You can store the supplies in a sturdy bin.
  • You need water, at least one gallon per person per day.
  • Pack non-perishable, ready to eat food.
  • Don't forget any prescription medications, sanitary supplies and eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • Bring along a change of clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
  • Add a flashlight and radio with extra batteries.
  • Include tools, duct tape and a first aid kit.

Also store cash because ATMs and credit cards will not work if the power is out.

Don't forget a list of contact numbers you may need an emergency. Also, include copies of important documents like birth certificates, insurance polices. You may also want to include books and toys for comfort.

Your kit may look slightly different to meet the needs of your family, but make sure you include enough supplies for at least three days.

Store this kit in a safe place and you'll also want a smaller version to store in your car.

The Red Cross sells a backpack emergency kit that includes supplies for two people.

Step 3: Get Trained

"Learn CPR and first aid; be prepared to take care of someone," says Jackson.

Red Cross and several other agencies in Lubbock offer CPR training classes.

Step 4: Volunteer

"There are so many things that would not get done if we did not have volunteers," says Jackson.

Step 5: Give Blood

By becoming a regular blood donor you can help maintain the blood supply at all times.

A five step plan of action, that will help your family prepare. For NewsChannel 11's Safety Solutions, I’m Sharon Maines.

What You Can Do to Prepare for Disaster
American Red Cross Homeland Security Advisory System recommendations for individuals, families, neighborhoods, schools, and businesses.
Making a Kit for an Emergency Situation
When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it's best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.

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