First Action

For starters, evacuate if you are directed to do so by the authorities. Register for ReadyWake alerts to be notified in the case of an emergency. Listen to your local radio/television stations or Emergency Alert System for emergency information/instructions. Be sure to evacuate early in order to avoid possible danger.

Carefully follow instructions and directions to the area shelter opened for the disaster. Go immediately, do not wait until it is too late to get out.

Bring your disaster supplies kit with you. It should contain personal safety items. You can also bring items for comfort and convenience.

Things to Remember

  • Check to make sure no one has been injured.
  • Listen to local media stations for directions. Avoid using the telephone unless someone needs immediate emergency assistance (Local authorities need access on phone lines).
  • Drive only when necessary. Avoid driving in affected areas.
  • Determine if you need to turn off water, electrical, and gas mains and do so if necessary.
  • If water pipes are damaged, turn off main water valves in the home. This prevents water from draining if a water main breaks.
  • Be aware of structural damage to the home.

Water is essential, store bottled water (1 gallon/person/day). If purification is necessary, listen to the radio for instructions from public health officials.