Cleveland County Emergency Management
Emergency Preparedness Checklist

The following information is an accumulation of recommendations from FEMA, the American Red Cross, and other agencies around the world. While this list can be used for any thing, it is a general preparedness for any type of manmade or natural disaster

Create an Emergency Plan 

    1. A place near your home in case of a fire.
    2. A place outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home after a disaster.

Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit

Escape Plan

In a fire or other emergency, you may need to evacuate your house, apartment, or mobile home on a moment's notice. You should be ready to get out fast.

Develop an escape plan by drawing a floor plan of your residence. Using a black or blue pen, show the location of doors, windows, stairways, and large furniture. Indicate the location of emergency supplies (Disaster Supplies Kit), fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, collapsible ladders, first aid kits, and utility shut off points. Next, use a colored pen to draw a broken line charting at least two escape routes from each room. Finally, mark a place outside of the home where household members should meet in case of fire. Be sure to include important points outside, such as garages, patios, stairways, elevators, driveways, and porches. If your home has more than two floors, use an additional sheet of paper. Practice emergency evacuation drills with all household members at least two times each year.

Home Hazard Hunt 

Prepare an Emergency Car Kit Include: 

Fire Safety 

Generator Safety
Generators are often used during power outages, and if not properly used and maintained, they can be extremely hazardous. When using a generator remember to:

Heating Safety
Research suggests more than one-third of home fires in the United States occur during the winter months of December, January, and February. One of the reasons these months pose a magnified fire threat is due to increase use of heating sources, such as chimneys and wood stoves. Because Y2K will occur during this time of increased fire threat, it is particularly important to follow these heating safety tips:

Lighting Safety

Cooking Safety

Never Stockpile Fuel or Flammable Liquids

Remember, Smoke Alarms Save Lives

--A Disaster Kit can be prepared and kept on hand for many situations (ice storm, blizzard, etc.)

Preparing a Disaster Kit

Possible Containers Include-

Water

Food

First Aid Kit Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car. A first aid kit* should include

Non-Prescription Drugs

Tools and Supplies

Sanitation 

Clothing and Bedding

Special Items 

For Baby* 

For Adults* 

Entertainment 

Important Family Documents

NOTE: THE AFOREMENTIONED PREPARATIONS ARE AN ACCUMULATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS FROM FEMA, THE AMERICAN RED CROSS, AND OTHER EMERGENCY SERVICE AGENCIES AROUND THE WORLD FOR ANY TYPE OF MANMADE OR NATURAL DISASTER.

Back to the Safety Page

Back to the Home Page