Are You Ready or Not?

Emergency preparedness is no longer just about individuals in California surviving an earthquake or coastal residents getting through a hurricane. For those of us in the Midwest, our preparedness must now include man-made disasters as well as natural ones. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.

Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as making an emergency supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency. However, there are important differences among potential emergencies that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. Learn more about the potential emergencies that could happen in the greater Chicago region and the appropriate way to respond to them.

Created by: American Red Cross of Greater of Ready Chicagoland
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1. Your family's EMERGENCY CONTACT should be?
Your best friend across town
Your Aunt in Des Moines
The oldest person in your household
Your clergy
2. Do you know the SAFEST place to go in YOUR home during a torando?
The room with the least amount of furniture
A room with smaller windows
The bathroom
The basement
3. When you need to stay indoors (shelter-in-place), which of these phones should be part of your EMERGENCY kit?
Internet phone access
Cordless Phone
Cell Phone
Old-fashioned phone with a cord
4. When the power is OUT, what should you NOT do?
Use the bathroom
Light candles in all the rooms
Leave your house to sit outside
Open and close the refrigerator
5. What's the FIRST thing you should do if you find a FIRE in your house?
Get out of the house fast
Call 911
Check the rooms in your house to see where it has spread
Jump in a bath tub full of water to wait for firemen
6. What should you do if a SEVERE thunderstorm WARNING is issued?
Put on rubber soled shoes to protect yourself from lightning
Move patio furniture into the garage
Tell family members to go to the window and watch the sky
Find a safe place in your house that won't flood and has no windows
7. If your child is at school when an EMERGENCY happens what should YOU do?
Get to school as quickly as possible to pick up your child
Keep calling the school's main number until you reach someone
Follow the general emergency procedures your school has developed
8. If a FLOOD threatens your neighborhood, what should YOU do?
Put sandbags on your front lawn
Fill your car's gas tank and leave immediately
Turn off the gas and electricity
Move furniture, valuables, non-perishable food and drinking water to higher floors of your home
9. To prepare for a disasters, YOU need to?
Get A Kit
Make A Plan
Be Informed
All of the Above.
10. If someone is INJURED, what should YOU do and in what order?
Check out the scene, call 911 and care for the victim
Search the immediate area for medical help then call 911
Call 911 and rush to the victim's aid

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