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How To Develop A Family Disaster Plan
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How To Develop A Family Disaster Plan 
Release Date: June 9, 2010
Release Number: 1899-002
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ALBANY, N.Y. – State and Federal emergency management professionals encourage individuals and families to be ready in case there is an emergency.  Every one should have a plan – know what to do and when to do it during an emergency – and  have a fully-equipped emergency supply kit packed and ready-to-go.
You should be prepared to take care of yourself and family members for the first 72 hours – that’s three days – following a disaster, such as a severe storm or hurricane. An emergency preparedness kit should include food and water for each family member, a battery-powered or hand-held radio, flashlight, spare batteries, first aid kit, non-electric can opener, dry clothes, bedding, toilet paper, and garbage bags for personal sanitation. Don’t forget extra eye glasses, medications, copies of prescriptions and special products for babies, the elderly and medically fragile or disabled family members.
Other items to consider include sleeping bags or blankets, paper towels, books, puzzles and games for children and food for family pets.  It’s helpful to have cash in case banks are closed and ATMs are not open. Have important insurance information and other important documents readily available.
Make an evacuation plan and learn the evacuation routes in your neighborhood. Traffic congestion is inevitable.  Plan for a significantly longer travel time to reach your destination.  If possible, evacuate using only one vehicle. Have a communication plan with phone numbers of family members in case people get separated. Identify a friend or family member in another town, who can be contacted during an emergency. 
Store the emergency supplies in an easy-to-carry plastic storage container or duffel bag, so that you can grab it quickly and go when an emergency forces you to leave your home. Putting together an emergency kit isn’t expensive.  Many of the items are probably in your home already. Any additional supplies you may need can be purchased over a period of time.
More information on emergency preparedness, including how to put together a family communication plan, can be found on FEMA’s Web site (in English and Spanish): www.Ready.gov , http://www.liston.gov/ and www.semo.state.ny.us.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Last Modified: Wednesday, 09-Jun-2010 17:00:18




How to Protect Your Home From Future Disasters
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How to Protect Your Home From Future Disasters 
Release Date: June 11, 2010
Release Number: 1899-009
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Albany, N.Y. --By taking some common sense steps now, you can reduce damage to your home and property from high winds, flooding and fire, say state and federal emergency management officials.
Some steps are fairly simple and inexpensive, while others may require a professional contractor.
You can protect your home and possessions by taking the following actions:
  • Make sure that you have adequate insurance, which covers damage from fires, for your home and personal property.  You should also have flood insurance, which is available through  approximately 85 insurance companies in more than 20,800 participating communities nationwide.
  • Make an inventory of your possessions to help claim reimbursement in the event of loss or damage.  Store this information in a safe deposit box or other secure location to ensure the records survive a disaster. Include photographs or videos of your home’s interior and exterior, and cars, boats and other recreational vehicles. Get professional appraisals of jewelry, collectibles, artwork or other items that may be difficult to evaluate. Make copies of receipts and canceled checks showing the cost of valuable items.
  • Store vital family records and other important documents such as birth and marriage certificates, social security card, passports, wills, deeds and  financial, insurance and immunization records in a safe deposit box or other safe location.
  • Make certain to backup and secure computer data and information files and store them on a separate disc.
  • Know how and when to turn off water, gas and electricity at the main switches or valves. Share this information with your family and/or caregivers.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on each level of your home, especially near the bedrooms.
  • Be sure everyone knows how to use your fire extinguishers and where they are kept.
You can further reduce the risk of injury and damage by taking the next steps:
  • Hang pictures and mirrors away from beds.
  • Place large, heavy objects on lower shelves.
  • Repair cracks in ceilings and foundations.
  • Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products away from heat sources.
  • Use straps or other restraints to secure tall cabinets, bookshelves, large appliances (especially water heater, furnace, and refrigerator), mirrors, shelves, larges picture frames to wall studs.
  • Place oily rags or waste in covered metal cans and dispose of them according to regulations.
  • Have a professional repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections.
  • Have a professional clean and repair chimneys, flue pipes, connectors and gas vents.
For more information and help preparing for an emergency, visit www.semo.state.ny.us andwww.fema.gov/plan/index.shtm
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders and to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Last Modified: Friday, 11-Jun-2010 13:03:06

 

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