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Disaster Planning Tips

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  • have an escape plan that includes 2 exits from every room
  • drill your family regularly so they respond automatically
  • discuss how you will connect with family members if separated
  • choose a contact person and safe shelter or meeting place
  • label the shutoff valves for gas, oil, water, and electricity
  • change your smoke detector batteries twice a year
  • check your fire extinguishers yearly and replace when they expire
  • keep a flashlight near each bed and the fuse box


  • try to remain calm
  • check for injuries and administer first aid or seek help
  • check for fires and put out with fire extinguisher
  • shut off utilities if necessary
  • take cover and protect your head and face
  • turn on battery-operated radio or car radio for bulletins
  • confined frightened pets to keep them calm
  • stay indoors if it is safe
  • evacuate if there seems to be structural damage
  • gather your emergency supplies, food, and water together


  • first aid kit, common medications, and needed prescriptions
  • basic tool kit and duct tape
  • extra clothes, heavy sweaters, and sturdy shoes
  • heavy plastic garbage bags and aluminum foil
  • heavy work gloves
  • disposable plates and utensils
  • bottled water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • non-perishable packaged food for several days
  • water disinfectant tablets or bleach
  • can opener and camp stove / sterno
  • candles, matches, and flashlight with extra batteries
  • battery-operated radio
  • fire extinguisher
  • Swiss army knife or other multi-tool
  • emergency foil blankets, extra blankets, and pillows
  • toiletry kit, antibacterial soap, and toilet paper
  • pet and baby supplies if necessary
  • cards, a book, or portable games for entertainment
  • some extra money to last you up to a week


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Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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