Prepared by LCSO
Your Sheriff’s Office wants to encourage you to prepare your household for a natural or man-made disaster by creating a family disaster plan. Earthquakes and Tsunamis are not the only disasters that could strike. Your family plan should be prepared for any disaster or emergency.
Mark two escape routes from each room. Post a copy of the drawings at eye level in each child’s room. Establish a place to meet if you need to leave your home.
Plan how you will contact each other if you’re not together when an emergency strikes. Select a friend or relative who lives away from your area that family members can contact to notify they are safe. (The American Red Cross offers a Safe & Well web site to provide families with a tool to exchange welfare information with loved ones & friends in the immediate aftermath of a disaster) https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php
If you must leave and time allows, you may need to shut off your utilities in your home before evacuation: Have all family members learn the proper shut-off procedure for your gas meter. (Note: a qualified professional must turn the gas back on for you afterwards). Locate the shut-off valve for the waterline that enters your house. Locate your electrical circuit box. Always shut off all individual circuits before shutting off the main circuit breaker.
Make a record of your personal property for insurance purposes.
Take photos and/or video of the interior and exterior of your home and personal property. You can visit http://illinois.edu/ and type in “house inventory” in the search box and then click on “inventory” to download a free inventory book to help you record your belongings.
Store important documents such as insurance policies, deeds, property records, & other important papers in a safe place such as a safety deposit box away from your home. It’s advisable to keep a small amount of cash or traveler’s checks at home in a safe place where you can quickly access them in case of evacuation.
If someone has a disability or a special need, be sure to think about how you’ll accommodate them in an emergency situation. You may be able to register with the office of Emergency Services or local Fire Department for assistance so needed help can be provided. Keep specialized items ready i.e. wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, food for service animals, etc.
Create a network of neighbors, relatives, friends, and coworkers to aid you in an emergency.
Regarding pets: identify shelter (both local & away from the area) for them ahead of time as typically pets are not permitted in emergency shelters. Gather pet supplies such as food, water, leash, and pet carrier. Ensure they have and then keep with you, proper ID and up-to-date veterinarian records. Your local Animal Shelter can provide you with more advice and information.
Regarding large animals like horses, cattle, sheep, etc: Map out primary and secondary escape routes in advance. Make sure they have some form of identification. Have transportation available to move them if necessary.
It’s important that family members know how to administer first aid, CPR, & use a fire extinguisher. You can go to the following website to get information on local classes.
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