The Bennington region may be susceptible to one or more emergency situations or weather hazards, including wildfires, hurricanes or blizzards. Having a plan will help you prepare for such an event.
Decide on an Emergency Meeting Place
Emergency situations are chaotic. In the midst of the confusion, it can be difficult to get in touch with loved ones. Decide on a meeting place ahead of time to reduce some of the initial stress. Choose three locations: one in the neighborhood, one in your town and one out of town, and make sure everyone knows how to get there.
Make a Plan
Make a plan outlining all the information you’ll need to know in the event of an emergency.
-Create a spreadsheet that includes:
- Names of each family member
- Phone numbers
- Email addresses
- Names of doctors
- Places of work
-Plan a safe evacuation route
If you’re home when an emergency occurs, you may have to evacuate with little to no notice. Select several safe evacuation routes, and make sure everyone is familiar with them.
Have someone turn off the utilities, like water and electricity, while another person packs the important documents and another grabs pets. Giving everyone a responsibility will ensure nothing important is left behind.
Visit www.ready.gov/make-a-plan to download an emergency plan template you can tailor to your family’s needs.