Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast and emergency responders aren’t always nearby.
You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately.
You Are the Help Until Help Arrives.
Click on the links below to learn more about how you can help:
Learn how to use a fire extinguisher. Make sure everyone in the home knows where the extinguisher is located and knows how to properly use the extinguisher. In addition to the fire extinguisher, install smoke alarms inside and outside of sleeping areas and on every level of the home. Family members should know what the smoke alarm sounds like and know what to do if they hear the alarm. Practice your home escape plan at least twice a year.
After an earthquake, if you are in an area that has sustained damage, one of the most important things to do after the shaking stops is to turn off your gas. Natural gas leaks and explosions are responsible for a significant number of fires following disasters. It is vital that all household members know how to shut off natural gas. Contact your local gas company for guidance on preparations and response regarding gas appliances and gas service to your home. When you learn the proper shut-off procedure, share the information with everyone in the household.
After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. Learn how to build a kit. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
Finally, watch this FEMA video to learn six things you should to know before a disaster. Remember, disasters happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.