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If disaster strikes, remain calm and patient and put your plan into action.

• Check for injuries. Give first aid and get help for seriously injured people.  The American Red Cross offers first aid and CPR classes regularly.

• Listen to your battery-powered radio for news and instructions. Evacuate if advised to do so. Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.

• Stay away from downed power lines.

• Check for damage in your home.

• Use flashlights - do not light matches or turn on electrical switches, if you suspect damage.

• Check for fires, fire hazards and other household hazards. Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows and get everyone outside quickly.

• Shut off any other damaged utilities. Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline and other flammable liquids immediately.

• Remember to: confine or secure your pets. Call your family contact – do not use the telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency.


Check on your neighbors, especially elderly or disabled persons. Make sure you have an adequate water supply in case service is shut off. Stay away from downed power lines.