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Develop a Family Disaster Plan
Gather Information About Hazards
Contact your local National Weather Service office, emergency management or civil defense office, and American Red Cross chapter. Find out what type of disasters could occur in your area and how you should respond. Learn your community's warning signals and evacuation plans.
Meet With Your Family to Create a Plan
Discuss the information you have gathered. Pick two places to meet: A spot outside your home for an emergency such as a fire, and a place away from your neighborhood in case you can't return home. Choose an out-of-state friend as your "family check-in contact" for everyone to call if the family gets separated. Discuss what you would do if advised to evacuate.
Implement Your Plan
Practice and Maintain Your Plan
Ask questions to make sure your family remembers meeting places, phone numbers, and safety rules. Conduct drills. Test your smoke detectors and change the batteries at least once a year. Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s) according to the manufacturer's instructions. Replace stored water and food every 6 months.