Preparing for the Unexpected
Although preparing for an emergency can be a little frightening, knowing how to prepare for a natural disaster or large-scale emergency is very important. We cannot prevent emergencies, but there are many things we can do to prepare.
After An Emergency Occurs
During and after an emergency, it is important to stay calm. Even after an event, there may still be many dangers. Stay tuned to your local emergency station and follow the advice of trained professionals. Unless told to evacuate, avoid roads to allow emergency vehicles access. What you do next can save your life and the lives of others.
Remain calm and assist the person in your care who may be vulnerable if exposed to extreme heat or cold.
Locate a flashlight with batteries to use until power comes back on. Do not use candles, which can cause a fire.
Turn off major electrical and gas appliances that were on when the power went off. This will help to prevent power surges when electricity is restored.
Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to keep in cold.
Do not use the kitchen stove to heat the home—this can cause a fire or fatal gas leak.
Use extreme caution when driving. If traffic signals are out, treat each signal as a stop sign. Come to a complete stop at every intersection and look before you proceed.
Do not call 911 to ask about a power outage. Use a battery-operated radio to listen to news.
A Personal Support Network
The best way to prepare is to establish a personal support network, made up of individuals who will check on the person in your care in an emergency and give assistance if needed.