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By Sarah Anderson
Preparedness is a key element in your family's ability to cope with a disaster of any kind. Whether it is fire, flood, hurricane, tornado and even a bomb threat, an emergency plan will help you answer question such as:
- Where will I meet my family members?
- How will we find each other?
- How can I know that my children are safe?
Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning and can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services - water, gas, electricity or telephones - were cut off?
Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. You can cope with disaster by preparing in advance and by working with your family as a team.
It is your responsibility to know what exactly needs to be done in case of emergency. As a parent, you can best protect you children by educating them and teaching them how to act when a disaster strikes.
There are six basic steps to achieve proper preparedness:
Step 1: Collecting Information
Step 2: Preparing Personal Emergency Cards
Step 3: Preparing a Family Emergency Plan
Step 4: Emergency Action Checklist
Step 5: Assembling an Emergency Kit
Step 6: Maintain Your Plan and Emergency Kit