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Make a Plan

Some of the things that you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as making an emergency supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man made emergency.

However, there are important differences among potential emergencies that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. Learn more about the potential emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate way to respond to them.

In addition, learn about the emergency plans that have been established in St. Mary's county, at your place of work, schools, day care, etc. Emergency preparedness is no longer the sole concern of the earthquake prone Californians and those that live in the part of the country known as "Tornado Alley." For Americans, preparedness must now account for man-man disasters as well as natural ones. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.

Hazards that could affect St. Mary's County include:

 red button iconBiological Threats
 red button iconChemical Threats
 red button iconDroughts
 red button iconExplosions
 red button iconExtreme Heat
 red button iconFires and Wildfires
 red button iconHurricanes and Tropical Storms
 red button iconInfluenza Pandemic
 red button iconCalvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant
 red button iconThunderstorms
 red button iconWinter Storms
 red button iconExtreme Cold

Remember, your emergency plan is a continuing process that should be revisited and updated regularly.

How to make a family emergency plan:

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Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for an emergency. Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen and what to do in each situation. Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.
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Keep it simple. A disaster is an extremely stressful situation that can create confusion. The best emergency plans are simple enough so that everyone can remember the important details.
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Plan where your family will meet. Meeting places should include locations both near your home ( in case of a sudden emergency such as a fire) and outside of your immediate neighborhood ( in case you can not return home or need to evacuate) Notify caregivers, babysitters and your child's school about your plan.
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Plan how your family will communicate. Consider asking a relative or friend who lives outside of your area to be your family contact. In a disaster, local telephone service may be disrupted, but long-distance lines are more likely to be open. For this reason, an out-of-town contact may be better able to communicate among separated family members. Everyone should know the contact's name, address and telephone number.
check mark icon Take a Basic first Aid and CPR Class. Contact our local American Red Cross for more information.
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Post emergency contact numbers near all telephones. Pre-program emergency numbers into phones that have auto-dial. Teach children how and when to dial 9-1-1 to get emergency assistance.
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Prepare to evacuate your home. If you need to vacate your home because of a fire or other emergency, have a plan to get out quickly and safely:

1. Review escape routes with your family and practice escaping from each room.

2. Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut, and that security gratings on windows have a fire safety opening so they can be easily opened from the inside.

3. Learn how to turn off the water, gas and electricity at main switches. If for any reason you turn off natural gas service to your home, call your gas company to restore service. Do not attempt to restore service yourself.

4. If your residence has more than one level, consider getting escape ladders.

5. When escaping fire, teach family members to stay low to the floor.
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Prepare to evacuate the area. If authorities ask you to evacuate, have a plan for you and your family to leave the area:

1. Identify ahead of time where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate neighborhood.

2. If you do not have a car, plan alternate means of evacuating.

3. If you have a car, keep a half tank of as in it at all times in case you need to evacuate.

4. Plan several escape routes in case certain roads are blocked or closed. Remember to follow the advice of local officials during evacuation situations.

5. Take your emergency supply kit.

6. Take your pets with you, but remember that only service animals may be permitted in public shelters. You can find more information about what to do with your pets in an emergency on the Be Prepared page.
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Keep family records in a waterproof and fireproof safe. Inexpensive models can be purchased at most hardware stores.
check mark icon Ask about emergency plans at places where your family spends time. This could include work, daycare and school. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one.
check mark icon Practice and maintain your plan. Practicing your plan will help you instinctively make the appropriate response during an actual emergency. Review your plan periodically and make changes as needed.
check mark icon Take a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class.
check mark icon Family Emergency Plan Template (Download)
check mark icon Business Emergency Plan Template (Download)
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