Did you know that October 19th is International ShakeOut Day? Do you know what to do in the event of an earthquake or an emergency? West Angeles Church of God In Christ is providing you with the tips, resources and information you’ll need to keep you and your family prepared, in case of an emergency.
October 19 is recognized as International ShakeOut Day, which provides us with drills and preparedness in case of an earthquake. As we’ve also just emerged from National Preparedness Month (September), the increase in wildfires, the threat of earthquakes and the other natural disasters which plague our planet today serve as a reminder that we all must take action to be prepared – now and throughout the year. There are many types of emergencies that could affect us right where we live, work, and visit. In order to insure your safety and the safety of your family, it’s important to have resources and plans in place to be prepared and as safe as possible.
10 TIPS TO KEEP YOU PREPARED FOR EMERGENCIES
Here are 10 tips to start you and your family on the road to emergency preparedness:
- Plan and execute emergency evacuation, protection, and escape drills.
- Have a designated meeting place for the members of your household. Also designate an out-of-area contact; inform all members of your household of this contact information as well.
- Keep important documents, such as identification and deeds, in a waterproof, fireproof container.
- Fill bathtubs with water, turn refrigerators and freezers to the coldest setting, and learn how to turn off electricity, waterlines and gas lines.
- Have a hard travel case for pets; keep pets with you.
- Have enough water, food, and medical supplies (including prescription meds) for 3 days (72 hours). Rule of thumb: I (one) gallon of water per person per day. Focus on non-perishable food items, canned goods and dry pet foods. Don’t forget to include a can opener in your kit!
- Keep a stash of cash on hand; bank machines may not be working.
- Fill the gas tank of your car.
- Have a flashlight, batteries, and a portable radio on hand.
- Include in your emergency kit sturdy shoes/boots, warm clothing layers, blankets, and a full change of clothing for each person.
For full information on disaster preparedness, Ready.gov is continuing their commitment to help us prepare ourselves in case of emergency, with an emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.
To download free emergency information, including how to build your own emergency toolkit, please click the links below. Please click the images above to go to Ready.gov. and Shakeout.org, and please click on the poster below to download and print.
- Download the Department of Homeland Security’s “Preparing for Disaster” booklet HERE.
- Download the FEMA app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips HERE.
- Get information on building your own emergency kit and plan, as well as preparing your car, your family, your pets and more HERE.
- Get the Department of Homeland Security’s “Active Shooter Pocket Card” HERE.
- For more information and resources on creating an emergency plan for your family, please CLICK HERE to visit Ready.gov.
- For more information on preparing drills for an earthquake, please CLICK HERE to go to Shakeout.org.
Thank you for taking time help make America more prepared for emergencies!
Please click the image above to download and print the Disaster Preparedness poster.
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