Family Preparedness Plan

The Town of Victorville and the local first responders have a plan – you need one too! Follow these steps and get prepared:

  1. Get trained! Be prepared to help your loved ones by learning CPR and First Aid. Enroll in a CERT course and learn how to stay safe.

  2. Have an out-of-state emergency contact! Oftentimes during a disaster, local telephone lines may be down or circuits full, but out-of-state lines may remain open. Have an out-of-state contact so you can call and communicate your whereabouts and health status. Regardless of your family’s location at the time of the disaster (at school or at work “down the hill”), your out-of-state contact can keep track of your loved ones as they call in.

  3. Have a meeting place! If you must evacuate your home, have a meeting place for the family -- normally at the curbside or by the mailbox. Have another meeting place at least one-half mile from home in case you cannot make it into your neighborhood – a friend’s home, parking lot, school, etc.

  4. Have an evacuation plan! If you must evacuate your home because of fire, have an evacuation plan in place and get together at the meeting place. Practice this evacuation plan at least once every six months. If you must evacuate the neighborhood, pre-plan NOW and develop a list of 25-30 items that you would take with you and be ready to do so when the time comes.

  5. Be informed! Listen to local radio stations to determine what has happened and what you need to do (Clear Channel radio). Be sure you are listening to a reliable source – city, county, or state representative

  6. Know how to shut-off utilities! Know when and how to shut-off utilities … electrical, gas, and water. Have the tools available when necessary to do so

  7. Know how to use a fire extinguisher! It’s not enough just to have them available in your home; you need to know how to use them too. Have an extinguisher in your garage, kitchen, near the fireplace, and on the second story if you have a two-story house.

  8. Know how to purify water! You can heat water to a rolling boil for 1 minute or use commercial purification tablets to purify water. You can also use household liquid chlorine bleach if it is pure and unscented, 5.25% sodium hypochlorite. To purify water, add 1 teaspoon to 5 gallons of water, shake or stir the water container and let it stand for 30 minutes before drinking. (For 1 gallon of water, use 16 drops of bleach. For 1 quart of water, use 4 drops of bleach).

  9. Know everybody’s plan! Be aware of the disaster preparedness plans at the schools your children attend and at your spouse’s workplace.

  10. Have a plan for pets! If you have pets, be prepared to evacuate them to a safe place. Have proper identification on your animals at all times.

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