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Plan for Every Location

Since most natural disasters strike without warning, regardless of where you live, make plans to handle an unforeseeable disaster. Learn about potential disasters that can hit your region and stock up on food and essential supplies. Natural disasters can be devastating, but preparing for them advance can make living through a disaster manageable.

You should be aware of potential disasters that periodically affect your region. Learn about community resources and craft an emergency preparedness plan suiting the individual needs of you and immediate family members. Consider what you’ll do if an unexpected natural disaster strikes while you’re at the following locations:
  • Office buildings
  • Homes
  • Vehicles
  • Busses, subways, and other public transportation systems
  • School
  • Church
  • Stadiums or arenas
  • Movie theaters
  • Grocery stores and shopping malls
  • Hotels and other tourist locations
Making emergency preparations for various locations requires that you learn about evacuation routes and methods at these locations. If plans are not in place, contact building managers to discuss their plans for developing emergency preparedness procedures. When meeting with building managers, ask them to consider the following when developing plans:
  • Methods that will be used to notify people of impending or immediate disasters
  • The location of alert and alarm systems
  • Building evacuation procedures
  • Organizational plans to provide emergency services and shelter to stranded occupants
  • Availability of first aid and other emergency supplies
Building managers should also take into account how buildings and surrounding environments will affect evacuation routes and warning and alert systems. Examples of structure considerations that must be taken into account include:
  • Multi and single story buildings are equipped with different kinds of alert systems. Evacuation plans also differ significantly.
  • Building evacuation plans differ in rural and urban regions.
  • Plans for buildings with high occupancy loads, such as schools and sports stadiums, must have plans that safely and orderly evacuate large numbers of people.
  • Managers responsible for outdoor locations, such as golf courses and open outdoor sporting fields, should have plans to shelter people during severe lighting and thunderstorms and tornadoes.
  • Managers should be aware of local geographic features, such as low-lying land prone to severe flooding, that intensify the effects of natural disasters.
  • Managers responsible for modular buildings and mobile homes should make arrangements for residents to relocate to public shelters in the event of a disaster.
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