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Emergency Preparedness 2016

Dalton Daily CItizen, Dalton Magazine

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6 Be Prepared — Emergency Guide Planning for an emergency is important and should include the following steps. • Meet with your family or household members. • Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play. • Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and work as a team. • If a family member is in the military, plan how you would respond if they were deployed. Plan what to do in case you are separated during an emergency Choose two places to meet: • Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire • Outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate • Choose an out-of- area emergency contact person. It may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service. • Have emergency contact information in writing or programmed in a cellphone. Plan what to do if you have to evacuate • Decide where you would go and what route you would take to get there. You may choose to go to a hotel/motel, stay with friends or relatives in a safe location or go to an evacuation shelter if necessary. • Practice evacuating your home twice a year. Drive your planned evacuation route and plot alternate routes on your map in case roads are impassable. • Plan ahead for your pets. • Keep a phone list of pet-friendly hotels/motels and animal shelters along your evacuation routes. Source: The American Red Cross Make a plan

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