Preparing for the Unexpected FLOODS Presentation for Individuals and their Families
Who We Are: Michael J. Adametz • Director, Emergency Preparedness SWPA American Red Cross
Our Purpose: • To help prepare you and your family, to be ready to respond to Floods
“What kinds of disasters could happen in our local area?”NaturalHuman-causedTerrorism
Why Do I Need To Be Prepared? Physical Needs Emotional Needs Material Needs
What Can I Do???????? • Create a Family Disaster Plan • Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit • Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio • Prepare to Evacuate • Have a Plan for your Pets • Become First Aid / CPR / AED Trained
What Is A Family Disaster Plan???????? Communications Plan Meeting Plan Financial Plan Utilities Plan
Communication Plan • Choose a contact person for your family • Make sure all family members have correct contact information • Phone numbers • Pager number • E-mail addresses • Long Distance Contact
Establish 2 Meeting Places • Outside your home • Away from your home
Financial Plan • At least 1 Month of Cash on Hand. • Auto-Pay Monthly Bills • Monthly Payment Schedule • Establish a Line of Credit • Inventory of all Financial Information • Accounts • Contact Persons • Addresses Phone Numbers • Payment Dates and Amounts
Utilities Plan In the Event You have to Shut Off your Utilities……… • Know the Locations of your Utility Mains into your house. (Gas, Water, Electric) • Know how to PROPERLY Shut Off your Utilities • Make sure to use a Trained Professional to turn on your GAS.
Evacuation • Follow instructions from Emergency Management • Am I located in the Evacuation Zone? • Where is the Shelter Locations? • What route do I use to get there? • Wear appropriate clothing • Take your disaster supplies kit
If Disaster Strikes... • REMAIN CALM • Activate your Family Disaster Plan • Grab your Disaster Supply Kit • Prepare for Evacuation or Shelter in Place • Listen to your Radio for instructions • Follow instructions from Local Emergency Management
If Disaster Strikes... • Use flashlight or light stick—avoid matches, candles and electrical switches • Confine or Secure your Pets • Check on Family and Neighbors • Do not turn off utilities unless: • Local officials have told you to do so • You suspect a gas leak • REMAIN CALM
What Can I Do Today? • Prepare your Family Disaster Plan. • Practice your Family Disaster Plan. • Prepare your Disaster Supply Kit. • Purchase NOAA Weather Radio • Practice Evacuations • Take Red Cross First Aid / CPR Training.