Emergency Help
Emergency Preparedness at Work and School
Natural disasters and emergencies may not normally occur while you are at home where your
emergency supplies and food storage are kept. Because of this, it is important to have an
emergency plan for the various places your family spends time. Our homes, schools and work
places should have site-specific preparations for an emergency.

Work
Think about what you have at your office that will help you get through an emergency. Maybe
you have a candy bar or a package of stale donuts in your desk drawer or maybe just an old
pack of chewing gum. At least that's a start! Do you even know if your company has an
evacuation plan or how to use that plan? The following are some simple ideas to help you feel
safe at work, even during an emergency.

Keep a backpack or duffel bag of your own personal supplies in a desk drawer. This pack
could include the following:

Flashlight with extra batteries Emergency bag or blanket (very compact and made of a special
material that reflects up to 90% of your body heat) Food (
high calorie food bars, MRE's,
granola bars, fruit bars, candy bars, crackers, fruit leather, raisins, nuts, prepackaged foods,
etc.) Water pouches or juice boxes Pair of walking shoes
Multi function knife Mini first aid kit
(adhesive bandages, rolled bandages for sprains, pain reliever, any medication you need,
gauze, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic first aid cream, etc.) In addition to packing a small survival
kit, here are some other important things you can do:

Read your company's
evacuation plan. If your company doesn't have one, volunteer to
prepare one. Make sure there is a good designated meeting location and every employee
knows where to go. Make sure you are aware of the exit routes in your building. Know where
the
fire extinguishers and first aid kits are located. Note the locations of stairways as you walk
from room to room. Carry a card in your wallet or purse that has important phone numbers
including the number of your
out-of-state phone contact. Keep the area under your desk free
of trash cans and clutter. This area is the best place to secure yourself in the event of an
earthquake. Don't count on being able to get back to your desk for personal supplies if you
are away when an emergency occurs. Store additional supplies in your car, such as an
emergency car kit. Be sure you discuss a meeting plan with your family so they know where
to go and when to expect you.

School
Schools should already have an emergency plan to make sure your children are safe, but do
you know enough about it to explain it to your children? The following are ideas to help you
and your children feel safe away from home during an emergency.

Contact your school district to find out about their emergency plan and the policy on how
children will be released from school. Some schools already have an
emergency classroom kit.
Find out where it is located. Also, help your child prepare a small disaster kit for them to keep
in their locker or desk. This kit could include the following:

Flashlight with extra batteries Emergency bag or blanket (very compact and made of a special
material that reflects up to 90% of your body heat) Food (high calorie food bars, MRE's,
granola bars, fruit bars, crackers, candy bars, fruit leather, raisins, nuts, prepackaged foods,
etc.) Water pouches or juice boxes Comic book for stress or boredom relief Mini first aid kit
(adhesive bandages, rolled bandages for sprains, pain reliever, any medication you need,
gauze, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic first aid cream, etc.)Make sure your child knows how to use
these first aid items properly. Help your child understand when they are allowed to use their
disaster kit and exactly how to use it. You should also include an identification card with their
name, address, telephone number, emergency telephone numbers, birth date, and a reminder
note to stay calm.

Make a family fun night out of getting everyone prepared. Here are some ideas to help your
family feel prepared wherever they are:

Discuss your family
emergency evacuation plan from your home in case of fire or other
disaster, and a specific location to meet. Help your children memorize important phone
numbers. Teach them the location of the nearest police and fire stations and their phone
numbers. Know the route to the nearest hospital emergency room. Meet with your neighbors
and find out who has medical experience and have a training night. Give spare keys to your
trusted neighbors. Show your children where the utility shutoff's are and how to shut them
off. Keep your car's gas tank at least half full. Familiarize your children with emergency
preparedness products by going through your home emergency kit. It is important to think
ahead and communicate with others in advance. By following these guidelines you will be
better prepared to safely reunite with loved ones during an emergency.