Emergency preparedness: know what to do in an emergency

Do you know what to do in an emergency? Do you have an action plan already in place? Don’t wait until a crisis occurs.

Before you sustain a serious injury:
* Keep your doctor’s phone number and emergency response phone numbers where everyone in the family can find them. You don’t want to have to think about this in an emergency.
* Make sure your medical records are up to date, including known allergies and reactions to medication.
* Know where your insurance information is and who needs to be called.

Before you are involved in a car accident:
* Wear your seat belt.
* Start wearing a medical alert if you need special medical attention.
* Program emergency contact numbers into your mobile phone—type in ICE or In Case of Emergency—or on an index card in your glove compartment.
* Keep pencil and paper handy to record information you need to file an insurance claim.
   – Get the name, phone number, insurance company name and phone number of the person responsible for the accident as well as the make and model of the car.
   – Write down any details you might forget because you are upset:
            the names of the responding police officers and rescue squad
            when and where the accident occurred
            what you saw
            contact information for witnesses.

Before a fire, flood, earthquake, or tornado causes you to leave your home or business and before a theft occurs:
* Keep an inventory of valuables off-site.
* Make copies of all information and data you need to continue doing business and store a copy off-site or online or both.
* Program the phone numbers of those you would need to call, including emergency personnel and your insurance representative, into your mobile phone or your address book.
* Prepare a grab-and-go bag with an emergency supply of all medications and prescriptions you and your family members will need.
If you have some warning, include anything else you need like business documents, mobile phones (and their chargers), a change of clothes, cash and credit cards, and family heirlooms.
* Arrange an alternate meeting place.
* Discuss the best ways for others to reach you in an emergency.

Use this list to develop your own emergency preparedness plans.


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