The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. Prepare NOW for a sudden emergency. Learn how to protect yourself and cope with disaster by planning ahead. This checklist will help you get started. Discuss these ideas with your family, then prepare an emergency plan. Post the plan where everyone will see it -- on the refrigerator or bulletin board. For additional information about how to prepare for hazards in your community, contact the EMO or the American Red Cross Chapter.
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Coordinate with the Emergency Management Office or the American Red Cross. First step is to
review this Web site.
- Find out which disasters could occur in Naples.
- Ask how to prepare for each disaster.
- Ask how you would be warned of an emergency.
- Learn your community's evacuation routes.
- Ask about special assistance for elderly or disabled persons.
- Ask your workplace about emergency plans.
- Learn about emergency plans for your children's school or day care center.
Preparing an Emergency Plan
The following guidelines will help you create an emergency plan:
- Meet with household members.
- Discuss with children the dangers of fire, severe weather, earthquakes, and other emergencies.
- Discuss how to respond to each disaster that could occur.
- Discuss what to do about power outages and personal injuries.
- Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark two escape routes from each room.
- Learn how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity at main switches.
- Post emergency telephone numbers near telephones.
- Teach children how and when to call the base emergency numbers.
- Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information.
- Teach children how to make long distance telephone calls.
- Take a Basic First Aid and CPR Class
- Keep family records in a water- and fire-proof container.
- Pick one local friend or relative for family members to call if separated by disaster
- Pick two meeting places two places near your home in case of a fire,
- Two places outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home.
Preparing a Disaster Supplies Kit
- A supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a non-electric can opener.
- A change of clothing, raingear, and sturdy shoes.
- Blankets or sleeping bags.
- A first aid kit and prescription medications.
- An extra pair of glasses.
- A battery-powered radio, flashlight, and plenty of extra batteries.
- Credit cards and cash.
- An extra set of car keys.
- A list of family physicians.
- Important family information; the style and serial number of medical devices, such as pacemakers.
- Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.
- Assemble supplies you might need in an evacuation. For a more detailed supplies kit, click here:
Store water in sealed, unbreakable containers. Identify the storage date and replace every six months.
Preparing an Escape Plan
In a fire or other emergency, you may need to evacuate your house or apartment on a moment's
notice. You should be ready to get out fast. Here are some tips:
- Develop an escape plan by drawing a floor plan of your residence. Using a black or blue pen,
show the location of doors, windows, stairways, and large furniture. Indicate the location of
emergency supplies (Disaster Supplies Kit), fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, collapsible
ladders, first aid kits, and utility shutoff points.
- Use a colored pen to draw a broken line charting at least two escape routes from each room.
- Finally, mark a place outside of the home where household members should meet in case of
fire. Be sure to include important points outside, such as garages, patios, stairways, elevators,
driveways, and porches.
- If your home has more than two floors, use an additional sheet of paper. Practice emergency
evacuation drills with all household members at least two times each year.
Fire Safety Guidelines
Here are some additional guidelines of fire safety:
- Plan two escape routes out of each room.
- Teach family members to stay low to the ground when escaping from a fire.
- Teach family members never to open doors that are hot.
- In a fire, feel the bottom of the door with the palm of your hand. DO NOT open if is hot.
- Install smoke detectors. Clean and test smoke detectors once a month.
- Change batteries at least once a year.
- Keep a whistle in each bedroom to awaken household members in case of fire.
- Check electrical outlets. Do not overload outlets. Purchase a fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type).
- Have a collapsible ladder on each upper floor of your house.
- Consider installing home sprinklers.
Home Hazard Hunt
In a disaster, ordinary items in the home can cause injury and damage. Anything that can move,
fall, break, or cause a fire is a potential hazard.
- Repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections.
- Fasten shelves securely.
- Place large, heavy objects on lower shelves.
- Hang pictures and mirrors away from beds.
- Brace overhead light fixtures.
- Secure water heater.
- Strap to wall studs.
- Repair cracks in ceilings or foundations.
- Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products away from heat sources.
- Place oily polishing rags or waste in covered metal cans.
Clean and repair chimneys, flue pipes, vent connectors, and gas vents.
If there is a need to evacuate, here are some tips:
- Listen to a battery-powered radio for the location of emergency shelters.
- Follow instructions of disaster officials.
- Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
- Take your Disaster Supplies Kit.
- Lock your home.
- Use travel routes specified by disaster officials.
- Shut off water, gas, and electricity, if instructed to do so.
- Let others know when you left and where you are going.
Make arrangements for pets. Animals are not allowed in public shelters.
Upon evacuation order, all noncombatant evacuees should proceed directly to the embarkation
points with their Neo Kits (see below). If unable to do so, proceed to the nearest assembly point.
Assembly points serve only as gathering areas for further transportation to embarkation points.
Who is Eligible to Evacuate?
Priority designations to be followed:
|Category No.||Major Category||Minor Category|
|Cat I||US Citizens with documentation|
|Cat II||Alien members of American families|
|Cat III||Certain alien employees|
|Cat IV||Other aliens|
|Cat A||Pregnant women|
|Cat B||Women with children|
|Cat C||Aged and infirm|
|Cat D||Unaccompanied women 18 years or over|
|Cat E||Able-bodied males 18 years or over|
Non-combatant Evacuation Order Kit (Neo Kit)
A Neo Kit is a folder you must maintain in your residence in case of emergencies and it should have the following important documents:
- US Passport (important)
- Personal Records (birth certificate, medical and immunization records, etc.)
- Passports for all members
- Sojourner's Permits
- Housing Documents (inventory, housing contract, etc.)
- Automobile Papers (bill of sale, registration, etc.)
- Other Legal Documents (insurance policies, Powers-of-Attorneys, etc.)
- Traveler's Checks or Other Forms of Currency
- Copy of Neo Instruction and Local Map
- Completed Noncombatant Information Card
- Instructions to Dependents Upon Return to the U.S.**
* It is not the intent of the regulation to have the mandatory documents centrally located in a file or
folder. However, their location must be known and readily accessible to non-combatants.
** Non-combatants should not expect the U.S. Government to house or care for them upon reaching
CONUS (Continental USA).
Things to Do Before Leaving Residence
- Turn of all lights and unplug all electrical appliances except refrigerators and freezers.
- Do Not turn off the main switch.
- Turn off all water faucets.
- Close windows and shutters and lower the window blinds.
- For families with pets, leave ample supply of food and water for pets.
- Post an inventory of all household goods and personal effects in a prominent place in the kitchen.
- If a family member will stay behind in Naples, keys to the family quarters should be left with him/her.
If all members of the family are to be evacuated, the quarters should be locked; keys tagged; and deposited
Vehicles should be deposited at designated points. Designated personnel will accept keys at the embarkation point. If a family members stays behind, leave the keys and proof of ownership with him/her. If everyone is evacuating, keys should be tagged with the following information: license plate number; make,; color; year of vehicle; and location of vehicle.
Arrangements will be made to ship your goods and POVs at a later date, if the situation allows. Include an
inventory of household goods and POV documentation in your evacuation kit, and accept that you may have to file a claim for reimbursement. Pets will Not be transported, you must make your own arrangements.
Preparing an Emergency Car Kit
Here is a list of the things needed in an emergency car kit:
- Let others know when you left and where you are going.
- Battery powered radio and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Booster cables
- Fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type)
- First aid kit and manual
- Bottled water and non-perishable high energy foods, such as granola bars, raisins and peanut butter.
- Tire repair kit and pump