Do 1 Thing: Month 5- Be Prepared
by Norm Duesterhoeft
Disasters can happen at any time. If you are away from home, do you know where to find safe shelter locations? Do you know what the emergency procedures are for your child’s school or for your workplace? Will people who count on you know what to do if you can’t reach them? Know how to make sure you and your loved ones are safe in a disaster, no matter where you are.
Talk to your employer about emergency plans for the building where you work. Think about other places that you and family members regularly spend time, like your child’s school. Make yourself and your family familiar with emergency plans at location where you spend time when you’re away from home.
Here are some ways to be safe at work and school:
* Make sure evacuation routes and tornado shelter locations are marked on a map and posted in the building.
* Hold emergency training and drills.
* Help create an emergency kit for the facility.
* Know where fire extinguishers and Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are located.
* Put together basic emergency kits for people who may not be able to do so for themselves or for those who may not think of doing it for themselves. Show them what is in the kit and talk to them about disasters.
* Make sure the kit meets their specific needs. For instance, if someone takes prescription medicine, include a list of medications and dosages. For a college student, make sure the kit is small enough to store in the space they have available.