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Return Safely

Return Safely

Don't let your family rush back into your home without taking these precautions.

Look for damage outside. Walk around the exterior and check for issues like loose or fallen power cables, damaged gas lines and cracks in the foundation or in beams. If you have trees nearby, carefully assess their stability.

Note sounds and odours: Especially hissing noises or a smell of gas.

Check inside. If the power is still out, use a flashlight (not a candle — open flames can burn items or cause gases to ignite) to assess the damage.


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Prepare Your Home

Prepare Your Home

Keep important documents and papers that would be hard to replace sealed in a fireproof safe. If you have pets, make sure to include their vet records and their vaccination records; some vets and kennels won't admit your furry family without them.

Veterans should make sure to include your ...


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Pack A Bag Of Essentials

Pack A Bag Of Essentials

If you have to leave your home in a hurry, you'll want to have some essentials packed and ready to go. Keep the following supplies, recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in a portable container or "


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A Disaster Can Strike Anytime

A Disaster Can Strike Anytime

Disasters are inevitable — at some point in our lives, almost all of us will have a brush with an earthquake, flood, tornado, blizzard or storm. But there's no use in worrying yourself sick; the best way to defend yourself against any emergency is to have a disaster prepa...


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List Of Important Documents

List Of Important Documents

  • Passports
  • Birth and adoption certificates
  • Shot records
  • Social security cards
  • Leases
  • Titles
  • Deeds
  • Wills
  • Rental agreements

If the power goes out and you have time, unplug appliances and electronics and turn off 


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Take Care Of The Water

Take Care Of The Water

If water lines could be affected, you'll also want to fill your tub and turn off the line. Use this H2O for sanitation, like hand-washing and pouring down the toilet to flush it. If there's a risk of ...


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Subscribe To Disaster And Emergency Alerts

Subscribe To Disaster And Emergency Alerts

Get notifications sent to your phone from your service provider or via a free app from FEMA or the Red Cross. Some employers use a service such as 


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Make an Action Plan

Make an Action Plan

When things get chaotic, you want to make sure that every family member knows what to do. We suggest designating two meeting places (one close by and one a little further away in your neighbourhood) and hanging a map with the spots marked near your emergency kit.

Have important contacts wri...


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Emergency Kit List

Emergency Kit List

  • Three days' worth of food and water (at least a gallon per family member)
  • Battery-powered (or hand crank) flashlights and radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Trash bags and duct tape, along with dust masks
  • Wrench or p...


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Inspect And Document

Inspect And Document

Inspect appliances. For small appliances like coffee makers and toasters, look closely at the cords for fraying or exposed wires before using them again. Fridges, ranges and washers can be more complicated; call a service company to check the safety of connections and components,...


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The Various Kinds Of Disasters

The Various Kinds Of Disasters

  • Earthquakes: They can happen in all states at any time of year.
  • Wildfires: High risk in forested areas with little rain, such as Southern California.
  • Floods: The most common natural disaster can hit anywhere, but especially i...


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Food Shopping List

Food Shopping List

If you'll be inside for a while, weather the storm with nutrient-dense, shelf-stable items:

  • Canned tuna/salmon
  • Canned black beans
  • Olives
  • Mixed nuts
  • Dr...


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