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In 60 Minutes

This can happen to your family; do you have an exit plan?<br><small>© Agency: </small>
This can happen to your family; do you have an exit plan?
© Agency:
By Donna Nuzzi
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:

Check fire extinguisher charge gauges --- kitchen, garage, bedrooms

Practice a family fire drill --- E.D.I.T.H. - Exit Drills In The Home

Replace smoke detector batteries

Touch base with your Out of State contact person --- if you don't have one, then establish one

Send 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

Change the batteries in the portable radio

Check expiration dates on food and water supplies in your home emergency packs, car kits, and work backpacks

Make copies of important documents and store in multiple locations: safe deposit box, at home fire safe, or with an out of state contact

Review your homeowner insurance policy declarations - do you have enough coverage; do you know and understand your policy exclusions?

Inventory your home contents

Photograph and make a DVD, or video tape record of your home inventory

Perform 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

Clear 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.

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