Emergency Preparedness

Post date: Jan 12, 2018 6:46:34 PM

Are you prepared for an emergency? Monday's event was a sobering reminder that catastrophic events can occur at any time - and getting through the aftermath is something we can prepare for far in advance.

The City of Santa Monica has excellent resources available to help us prepare online.

Their mantra is:

1) get a kit

2) have a plan, and

3) be informed

What should be in your plan?

A plan for action after an emergency requires communication between you and your household.

  • Evacuation: Whether you are at home, at work, or in a public place, think of how you could leave quickly and safely. Locate stairways and emergency exits. Pay attention to posted evacuation signs in buildings, and crowded public areas.
  • Out-of-state contact: Think how you will get in contact with your family if you become separated. Choose an out-of state contact that your family members or friends can call to check on each other.
  • Meeting place: Decide where you and family members will meet if the emergency affects your home, or if officials have to evacuate your neighborhood.
  • School plans: Learn the emergency plans at your children’s schools, and make sure the school has your updated emergency contact information. Give written permission to a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your children from school or day care in case you cannot get there on time.
  • Preparation for children: Teach your children what to do in an emergency, and make sure they know their own names and addresses, as well as the full names and contact information for parents and a second adult emergency contact.

Some of you have pets so here's advice for pets.

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