|Disaster Strikes! Are You Prepared?
Professional resources are quickly overwhelmed in a disaster such as a major earthquake, flood or terrorist attack. As a result, everyone needs to prepare to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours until emergency personnel arrive.
4 Steps To Prepare For A Disaster:
STEP 1: Make A Kit
Stock up on at least a 3 day emergency supply kit and store it at home, work or in your car. See Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department's Family Disaster Preparedness Guide for a more complete list.
- Water (1 gallon/person/day)
- First aid kit and book
- Food (non-perishable and ready-to-eat)
- Can opener (non-electric)
- Blankets or sleeping bags, tent
- Portable battery-operated radio, flashlight and spare batteries
- Essential medications (at least a one week supply), extra eyeglasses
- Fire extinguisher
- Cash in small denominations
- Supplies for your children and pets
- Protective clothing, sturdy shoes, heavy gloves
- Cooking supplies
- Tool kit and adjustable wrench for turning off gas
- Duct tape
- Trash bags
- Photos of family members, a book, hard candy
STEP 2: Choose a Location
Decide in advance where to reunite your family and loved ones should you be apart when a disaster occurs.
STEP 3: Choose a Contact
Choose a person outside the immediate area to contact if family members are separated. Long distance phone service will probably be restored sooner than local service.
STEP 4: Learn Life-Saving Skills
Take Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), CPR and First Aid training.