By Donna Nuzzi
This can happen to your family; do you have an exit plan?© Agency: Dreamstime.com
Emergency Services Supervisor
City of Santa Clarita
"I don't have time!"
That's typically the excuse heard for not preparing for an emergency situation. But this weekend, you will gain an additional hour.
In 60 minutes you can improve, update, or even start your family preparedness plan. Here are some best practices:
fire extinguisher charge gauges --- kitchen, garage, bedrooms
a family fire drill --- E.D.I.T.H. - Exit Drills In The Home
smoke detector batteries
with your Out of State contact person --- if you don't have one, then establish one
a map of where you live to your Out Of State Contact person --- this is especially helpful when an event happens in LA County/Ventura County
the batteries in the portable radio
expiration dates on food and water supplies in your home emergency packs, car kits, and work backpacks
copies of important documents and store in multiple locations: safe deposit box, at home fire safe, or with an out of state contact
your homeowner insurance policy declarations - do you have enough coverage; do you know and understand your policy exclusions?
your home contents
and make a DVD, or video tape record of your home inventory
a household hazard hunt
Limit, Isolate, Eliminate & Separate
household hazardous materials --- look under the kitchen sink, and check out the garage --- fertilizers, gasoline, paints, varnishes
debris and leaves from rain gutter--prepare for storm weather
Most importantly, talk
with your family about a plan
"We must use time creatively, and forever realize that time is always ripe to do right."
-Martin Luther King Jr.