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Free Disaster Preparedness Checklist

31 May, 2002

TheEpicenter.com has compiled the list below to help you prepare for an emergency.


Prepare At Home

  • ❏ The water heater is strapped to the wall.
  • ❏ I know where to shut off the water, power, and gas and have placed the tools at each location.
  • ❏ Anything that would have fallen on my head has been secured to the wall.
  • ❏ I have moved the bleach and ammonia to separate locations.
  • ❏ I know the unsafe locations in the house.
  • ❏ I have made an emergency plan and know escape routes and meeting places.
  • ❏ Emergency lighting has been installed in selected outlets.
  • ❏ I know the location of the nearest police, fire station, and hospital.
  • ❏ I know which neighbors have medical experience.
  • ❏ I have talked with my neighbors about emergency preparedness.
  • ❏ My neighbors have keys to my house, and they know how to turn off my utilities.
  • ❏ My neighbors also have a list of my important phone numbers and how to contact me.
  • ❏ My household has conducted a home evacuation drill.
  • ❏ My children know how to get help from neighbors and call 9-1-1.
  • ❏ Each family member carries a family photo.
  • ❏ I have evaluated what supplies my family needs to store.
  • ❏ I have the proper amount of water stored for emergency use.
  • ❏ I have stored emergency food supplies.
  • ❏ I have stored cooking items for emergency use.
  • ❏ I have stored emergency items to use as shelter.
  • ❏ I have a first aid kit.
  • ❏ I have a list of my important medications and prescriptions.
  • ❏ I have stored emergency lighting equipment.
  • ❏ I have stored items to keep in touch with the world.
  • ❏ I have positioned tools that I will need in an emergency.
  • ❏ I have stored sanitation and personal hygiene supplies.
  • ❏ I have stored supplies for the baby.
  • ❏ I have stored miscellaneous supplies including money for emergency use.
  • ❏ I have stored food and supplies for my pets.

Prepare Your Car

  • ❏ I make a point to keep the tank full.
  • ❏ I keep tools in the trunk.
  • ❏ I keep the car mechanically sound and ready to use.
  • ❏ I keep supplies in the car for use in an emergency (blankets, first aid, food/water, etc.).

Prepare At Work

  • ❏ I have read my company's evacuation plan and know where to meet after an emergency.
  • ❏ I know where exit routes, fire extinguishers, and medical kits are located.
  • ❏ I have assembled supplies and have them stored in my desk (or work area).
  • ❏ I carry a list of important phone numbers in my wallet.