Before, During and After Emergencies

Emergency Watch & Warning
Emergency WATCH means a major emergency is possible.
  • Listen to local radio or T.V. for advice.
  • Have your Disaster Kit ready. (See Utilities Instructions, Household Map and Emergency Supply Checklist)
  • Meet with household and review the emergency plan.
  • List information: doctors, allergies, medications, disabilities, equipment.
  • Be prepared to act promptly if any emergency WARNING is issued.
Emergency WARNING means a major emergency is approaching.
  • Stay tuned to local radio or T.V.
  • Keep household together and review this emergency plan.
  • Meet with household and review the emergency plan.
  • Take appropriate action immediately (e.g., take shelter, evacuate, etc.)
Before ...

Five Steps To Prepare

Other Important Tips

During ...
Stay Calm, Think about What You're Doing and
  • Review this guide and other materials.
  • Assemble family and stay together.
  • Evaluate situation. Take appropriate actions.
  • Listen to radio, T.V. and stayed tuned for advice.
  • Keep close: flashlight, portable radio, batteries.
  • Use your phone only for emergency. Only call emergency services (911. law, hospital, etc.) if you actually need assistance.
  • If evacuating: before leaving, disconnect electrical appliances and if advised by local authorities, shut off electric circuits at the fuse panel and gas service at the meter. Also post a note so friends know where to find you.
  • Don't go sight-seeing in disaster areas.
  • Don't enter restricted areas.
911 may be busy or out of order due to a disaster.
Stay calm. Try again. Public pay phone may work. Keep coins with supplies.
After ...

Follow "During" Information And ...

  • Check for injuries. Apply First Aid. Do not move seriously injured people unless they're in immediate danger.
  • Put on hard-soled shoes and work gloves to protect yourself from debris.
  • Looks for hazards (gas and water leaks, damaged wiring, broken glass).
  • Use flashlights, not candles and matches (flammables may be present).
  • Inspect building for damage and structural hazards. Don't go in if unsafe.
  • Assess emergency supplies and determine priority needs.
  • Follow safety instructions for drinking water, driving, streets, etc.
  • Check with neighbors. Lend others hand (elderly, etc.)
  • Avoid downed power lines and broken gas lines. Report these immediately.
  • If gas was turned off: Do not turn gas back on yourself. This may cause an explosion. Rely on utility crew.

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