Do 1 Thing – January

Choose two places for your family to meet. One should be right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire. The other should be outside of your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate.

Decide where you would go and what route you would take to get there. Keep in mind, Disasters change things. Roads you may need to take may be damaged or flooded. Make a backup route! You may choose to go to a hotel, stay with friends or family in a safe location, or go to a shelter. Hold evacuation drills at home. Practice getting out of the house quickly, and drive your planned evacuation route. The more you practice, the more confident you will be if you really have to evacuate.

Plan ahead for your pets. Due to health concerns, pets are not allowed inside Red Cross shelters. The County Animal Response Team (CART) will setup Pet Shelters as needed. Keep a phone list of pet-friendly hotels and animal shelters that are along your evacuation route in case a designated pet shelter is not available. Contact your local humane society or animal shelter to ask if pet emergency shelters will be opened in a disaster.

Over 1/2 of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into floodwater.

A mere 6 inches of fast moving water can knock over an adult!

It Takes 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car!
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