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The best way to protect yourself and your family is to plan, plan, plan.

Be prepared to respond to an emergency before it happens.  Few people can think clearly and logically during a crisis, so it is important to do so in advance, when you have time to be thorough.

  • Brainstorm the worst-case scenarios.  Ask yourself what you would do if the worst happened.  What if a fire broke out in your furnace room?  Or a hurricane hit your house head-on?  Or a train carrying hazardous waste derailed while passing though your community?
  • Consider the impact and appropriate responses.  Once you have identified potential emergencies, consider how they would affect you and your family and how you would respond.
  • Develop a plan.  Create a plan to deal with each situation.  Communicate and practice the plan so that, in the event of a real emergency, everyone knows their roles, functions and exactly how to respond. 

Issue:   What is considered an emergency and, if you have one, what do you need to do to protect your family?

Answer:   An emergency can be defined as an unforeseen situation that threatens you, and/or your family, or the public; or causes physical or environmental damage.  Emergencies can either be natural or man made and may include the following:

  • Floods
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Fires
  • Toxic gas releases
  • Chemical spills
  • Radiological accidents
  • Explosions
  • Civil disturbances
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