Preparedness Test

Preparedness Test

  1. Does your family rehearse fire escape routes from your home?

  2. Do you have escape latters on your upper floors?

  3. Does your family know what to do before, during, and after an earthquake?

  4. Have you designated a meeting spot (or rally plan) following a fire, earthquake, or other emergency?

  5. Do you have heavy objects hanging over beds that can fall during an earthquake?

  6. Is there an operational flashlight in every occupied bedroom?

  7. Do you keep shoes near your bed to protect your feet from broken glass?

  8. If a water line was ruptured during an earthquake, do you know how to shut off the main water line to your house?

  9. Can this water valve be turned off by hand without the use of a tool? Do you have a tool if one is needed?

  10. Do you know where the main gas shut-off valve to your house is located?

  11. If you smell gas, do you know how to shut off this valve?

  12. Gas valves usually cannot be turned off by hand. Is there a tool near or co-located with your valve?

  13. Would you be able to safely restart your furnace when the gas is safely available?

  14. Do you have working smoke alarms in the proper places to warn you of a fire? CO2 detectors?

  15. Do you have fire extinguishers in the garage, kitchen, bedrooms, utility room, etc? Do you know how to use them?

  16. Do you have duplicate keys and copies of important insurance and other papers stored outside your home?

  17. Do you have a functional emergency radio to receive emergency information?

If, following an emergency, it took at least 3 days (the amount of time the government says it could take to provide FEMA/Red Cross help) before help was available to you and your family.....

  1. Would you have sufficient food?

  2. Would you have the means to cook food without home gas and electricity?

  3. Would you have sufficient water for drinking, cooking, and sanitary needs?

  4. Do you have a 72-hour evacuation kit for every member of your home?

  5. Would you be able to carry or transport these kits?

  6. Have you established an out-of-state contact?

  7. Do you have a first aid kit in your home and in each car?

  8. Do you have work gloves and some tools for minor rescue and clean up?

  9. Do you have emergency cash (in small currency) on hand? (During emergencies, banks and ATMs are closed, checks are no good, and often, establishments will be unable to give you change)

  10. Without electricity and gas, do you have a way to heat at least part of your house?

  11. If you need medications, do you have a month’s supply on hand?

  12. Do you have a plan for toilet facilities if there is an extended water shortage?

  13. Do you have a supply of food, clothing, and fuel where appropriate: For 3 months? For 6 months? For 1 year?

If you answered NO to any one of these questions, then this program is for you. These are all questions that need to be addressed if you are to be safe in an emergency, and this program addresses everyone of these questions as well as so many more.

Remember parents, all the money you have ever made means nothing if you can't provide for your kids during an emergency.