General Precautions

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  1. Develop a household disaster plan - have a household meeting to discuss what members would do and how they would communicate in the event of an incident

  2. Assemble a disaster supply kit with food, water, and first aid supplies at home, at work, and for your car

  3. Be sure to have a battery operated radio and extra batteries to stay informed

  4. Have a list of emergency contact numbers, including fire, police, and hospitals, near the phone

  5. Review and practice evacuation plans

  6. Learn about community sheltering resources and how to "shelter in place"

  7. Check with school officials to determine their plans for emergency procedures

  8. Apartment residents should discuss emergency procedures with building managers

  9. Contact neighbors to discuss their plans and needs and how you can help each other

  10. If you have special needs, be sure to discuss your plans with family, friends, and your employers

  11. Be observant of any suspicious activity and report it to authorities

  12. Avoid high profile or symbolic locations

  13. Exercise caution when traveling

  14. Be sure to listen to what local authorities tell you about the situation in your area