Lexington Kentucky Emergency Preparedness, Fayette County Emergency Preparedness, Lexington-Fayette C
When disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act for the protection of yourself and your family. BEFORE a disaster occurs is the time to make preparations. This simple checklist will help your family plan for emergencies in the Lexington area. For more information on the checklist, call the Division of Environmental and Emergency Management (DEEM) at 859-258-3784.
Create an Emergency Plan
- Sit down as a family and discuss what types of emergencies are likely to occur. Develop a Family Disaster Plan. This plan should include the special needs of elderly, young, sick or handicapped persons within your family.
- All adult family members should learn how to turn off utilities (electricity, gas, water) to your home.
- Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit.
- Make arrangements for the safety of your pets.
- A CPR and lifesaving course should be taken annually by at least one person in your home.
What to do if Disaster Strikes
- Remain as calm as possible and be patient. Follow your Family Disaster Plan.
- Listen to your local radio or television station for information. Follow instructions given by local officials.
- If needed, give fist aid to family members.
- Check for damages to your home.
- Do not use matches or turn on electrical lights until you are assured that there are NO GAS LEAKS. Begin checking at your water heater, if it is gas operated.
- Use 911 ONLY for life threatening emergencies.
What to do if an Evacuation is Necessary
- Evacuate immediately, if told to do so. Use travel routes specified by local officials.
- Wear sensible clothing and sturdy shoes, appropriate for the weather.
- Take along your Disaster Supplies Kit.
- Turn OFF ALL appliances. Lock your doors and windows.
- Take a form of identification and any medicine taken regularly by family members.
- Post a note telling others when you left and where you are going.
- Follow the safety plan that you developed for your pets.
- Do not return to your home until local officials have given an "ALL CLEAR."
- After the emergency is over, enter your home with caution. Open doors and windows to ventilate. While entering your home, do not strike a match or turn on electric lights until you are sure that there are no breaks in gas lines.
What to do if Sheltering in Place is Necessary
- You may be asked to SHELTER IN PLACE if there is a release of hazardous chemicals in your area.
- Bring all family members and pets INSIDE the home, then close and lock all doors and windows.
- Listen to your local radio or television station information. Follow instructions given by local officials.
- Turn off all heating, cooling and ventilation systems. This includes attic and window fans. Close dampers in fire places.
- Everyone should go into a pre-designated shelter room and place a combination of plastic and duct tape around all doors, windows and electrical outlets in that room.
- Do not leave your shelter area until local officials have given an "ALL CLEAR."
- After the "ALL CLEAR" is given, open doors and windows to ventilate.
After Any Emergency is Over
- Stay away from downed power lines. Report any downed lines as soon as possible.
- Report any broken gas, sewer or water lines to local utility companies. If the gas has been turned off, it needs to be turned on by a gas company employee.
- Stay tuned to your local radio or television stations for advice and instructions.
- Please DO NOT sightsee. Avoid driving, leave the roads clear for emergency vehicles.
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Battery operated radio and batteries
- Special medications
- Non-electric can opener, utility knife
- Shut-off wrench to turn off gas and water
- First aid kit
- One gallon of water per person, per day
- Ready to eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables, especially for infants and elderly persons on special diets.
- Canned milk, juice, soups
- Enough cash to last your family for three days
- Fresh change of clothes for your family