St. Louis County Public Health & Human Services
Contact: Jim Gangl, 218-725-5222, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Skoog, 218-725-5240, email@example.com
(Fifth in a series of six stories)
Have a Plan for Your Personal Safety In An Emergency
How Northeastern Minnesota organizations have prepared for public health emergencies.
We are all responsible for our own safety, and planning is important to make sure our families are protected in case of a terrorist attack or another emergency. Planning ahead is the subject of the last two news stories of this six part series. For a free emergency planning fact sheet that will take you step-by-step through the process of making a family emergency plan and assembling an emergency kit for your home, go to our website, www.NEMNBePrepared.net or contact your nearest St. Louis County Public Health office in Ely, Duluth, Hibbing or Virginia.
Start the planning process by holding a family meeting to decide what you need to do in case of an emergency. A family emergency plan includes instructions for communication between all family members. If the emergency calls for you to remain in your home, everyone needs to know the room where they will gather. If family members are separated, there has to be a way to get in contact with each other. An out of town friend or relative should be designated who wouldn’t be affected by the same emergency. All family members need to know to contact that person to connect with each other.
If your community has an emergency warning siren, everyone should know what to do when they hear it. Listening to the radio or watching television will provide the information you need in any emergency event. Your family should know where safe destinations are located and have a map with different routes of how to get there.
Your family plan should include details about where to go and what to do in an emergency. You will also want a family emergency kit. In your planning, make sure that you include the following:
· A designated meeting room that has few windows and doors, plus enough space for all family members.
· Emergency phone numbers listed in the designated meeting room at home.
· A non-electric radio and/or TV for keeping track of emergency information.
· A review of how and when to turn off water, gas and electricity at the main switches in your home.
· A map with different routes of how to get to safe destinations both near and some distance from your home.
Schools have their own emergency plans. Information that parents provide to school officials about their children helps to make sure that they are safe. School officials need current contact information for the parents including phone, cell phone and E-mail address.
Employers are beginning to recognize the need to have plans in place too. Talk to your employer about their plans.
In case of any emergency event, listen to your local radio or television station for advice on appropriate actions for you and your family. For more information go the northeast Minnesota website, www.NEMNBePrepared.net or contact your nearest St. Louis County Public Health office in Ely, Duluth, Hibbing or Virginia.