A good place to begin emergency preparedness is by writing a Family Emergency Plan.  Your Plan should include every member of your household.  Ten essential actions for a family plan include:

  1. Learn the threats in your area. Utilize the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Service’s MyHazards tool to learn more.
  2. Identify meeting places for your family—somewhere outside your home or outside your neighborhood.
  3. Select your out-of-state contact.
  4. Know your evacuation routes. You should identify the quickest, safest way to leave your home.
  5. Know the location of utility shut-offs. In the event of an emergency, know how to turn off your water, gas and electricity.
  6. Know the emergency policies of schools and adult-care centers, especially emergency shelters and supplies, and transportation.
  7. Identify safe spots in each room to take cover, if needed. Under sturdy tables and desks, or against interior walls are the safest places.
  8. Keep an inventory of extra medications that you and your loved ones may need in the event of an emergency and/or disaster.
  9. Make special provisions for children, seniors, pets, people with disabilities, and non-English speakers.
  10. Schedule annual disaster drills and exercise your family’s emergency plan.
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