Preparedness Checklist: What You Need to Know
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Post emergency telephone numbers by all your phones (fire, ambulance, law enforcement, physician, and your utility companies). Teach your children how to call these numbers and when it is appropriate to do so.
Be sure everyone knows how to use your fire extinguisher (ABC type) and where they are kept. When storing fire extinguisher’s make sure they are easily accessible during times of emergency.
Install smoke alarms on each level of your home, especially near the bedrooms. Follow local codes and manufacturer’s instructions about installation requirements. Test monthly.
Escape Routes and Safe Spots
Determine the best escape routes out of your home. Find two ways out of each room. Also, find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.
CPR and First Aid
Quick response to a medical emergency saves lives. Enroll in a CPR and First Aid training program today. For more information, contact the Loudoun County Chapter of the American Red Cross at 703-777-7171.
Next Step to Recovery
Step Four: Dry Out Your Home