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Family Emergency Plan: Making it work for you
March 25, 2010
LAYTON — Creating a Family Emergency Plan takes a little bit of research and a lot of knowledge about your family, friends and the area where you live.
In order to begin putting your plan together, it is important to understand what types of hazards are most likely to happen in your area and how you can prepare for each. In Layton City, some potential hazards include, but are not limited to:
• Severe weather
• Hazardous materials spills
• Landslides and/or mudslides
• Fallen aircraft
• Terrorism and/or criminal acts
Learn about any community warning signals: What they sound like and what you should do if they sound. In Layton, affected residents would be most likely to learn of a developing emergency situation through the media (Emergency Alert System); a recorded telephone message via the Emergency Notification System (Reverse 911); or door to door notification by emergency personnel. The City would also attempt to contact your local District Coordinator, who would also attempt to pass the information to residents via volunteer Block Captains. Find out what disaster plans are in place at your work, your children’s school and other places your family spends time.
Discuss preparedness with your family. Make sure you all understand what types of disasters can occur and what you will do in each case. Get to know and assist your local volunteer Block Captain, or volunteer to fill this role. Become familiar with the Community Preparedness Plan at the City’s Website at www.laytoncity.org/public/Depts/MgtSvc/EmrgncyPln/default.aspx.
Determine two escape routes from each room in your home. Pick three places to meet: one right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire. Decide a location in your neighborhood and lastly, a regional meeting place in case you can’t return home.
Ask an out-of-state friend to be your family out-of-town contact. After a disaster, it is often easier to call long distance. Create a 72-Hour Emergency Supply Kit for every member of your family. Teach children how and when to call 911 and other emergency numbers including fire, police, ambulance, etc. Post these numbers near phones in your home.
Install smoke detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms and make sure everyone knows where the fire extinguisher is and how to use it.
Take a CERT class to learn how to take care of your family and help your neighbors in the event of a major disaster when professional emergency responders will not be available to respond in a timely manner. In a major disaster, such as a severe earthquake, it may be several days before help arrives. For more information about CERT call (801) 336-3820 or visit www.laytoncity.org/public/Depts/MgtSvc/EmrgncyPln/cert.aspx.
Lastly, consider that your family has adequate insurance.
For additional information, feel free to contact Jim Mason, Assistant City Manager, (801) 336-3820.