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  1. Take a moment to imagine that there is an emergency, like a fire in your home, and you need to leave quickly...
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  2. Pick a place to meet after a disaster. Designate two meeting places.
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  3. Choose an emergency contact person outside your area because it may be easier to call long distance than locally after a local/regional disaster...
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  4. Complete an emergency contact card and make copies for each member of your family to carry with them.
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  5. Dogs may be man's best friend, but due to health regulations, most emergency shelters cannot house animals.
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  6. Go through your calendar now, and put a reminder on it — every six months — to review your plan...
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  7. Check your child's school Web site or call the school office to request a copy of the school's emergency plan.
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  8. Teach your children how and when to call 9-1-1 or your local Emergency Medical Services number for help.
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  9. Practice. Conduct fire drills and practice evacuating your home twice a year.
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  10. A community working together during an emergency makes sense.
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  11. What if disaster strikes while you're at work? Do you know the emergency preparedness plan for your workplace?
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  12. You should keep enough supplies in your home to meet the needs of you and your family for at least three days.
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  13. Preparing for emergencies needn't be expensive if you're thinking ahead and buying small quantities at a time.
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  14. Take a minute to check your family's first aid kit, and note any depleted items...
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  15. Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person.
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  16. One of the easiest ways you can prepare for emergencies is to keep some supplies readily available.
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  17. Include items for sanitation in your emergency supply kit.
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  18. Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person in your emergency supply kit.
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  19. You should also keep a smaller version of your emergency supply kit in your vehicle, in case you are commuting or traveling when disaster strikes.
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  20. Teach children how to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency.
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  21. Read the information on your city, county and/or state government Web sites...
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  22. When water is of questionable purity, it is easiest to use bottled water for drinking and cooking if it is available.
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  23. In some emergencies you may be required to turn off your utilities. To prepare for this type of event...
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  24. Understand that during an emergency you may be asked to "shelter-in-place" or evacuate.
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  25. A disaster can cause significant financial loss.
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  26. Learn if earthquakes are a risk in your area by contacting your local emergency management office
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  27. Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters in terms of human hardship and economic loss.
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  28. When there is concern about a potential exposure to a chemical or other airborne hazard, local officials may advise you to "shelter-in-place" and "seal the room."
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  29. What do you do in case of an explosion or fire?
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  30. Unlike an explosion, a biological attack may or may not be immediately obvious.
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