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Create an Emergency Plan

An emergency can strike anywhere and at anytime. A little advance preparation can literally mean the difference between life and death for you and your family. The Washoe County Emergency Management Program has compiled some general information listed below that is intended to help you prepare for an emergency.

Make a Plan for your Family

What to Do If An Emergency Threatens -- Important Safety Tips
Whether it’s a flood, an earthquake, a wildfire or a power outage, when any emergency threatens, we don’t always have a lot of time to act.  Your personal safety is paramount.  Listed below are some important tips people should follow, in the event of an emergency, in addition to staying tuned to news media for additional information.

Emergency Plan

  • Meet with household members. Discuss with children the dangers of fire, severe weather, earthquakes, and other emergencies.
  • Discuss how to respond to each disaster.
  • Discuss what to do about power outages and personal injuries.
  • Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark two escape routes from each room.
  • Learn how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity at main switches.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers near telephones.
  • Teach children how and when to call 911, police, and fire.
  • Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information.
  • Pick one out-of-state and one local friend or relative for family members to call if separated by disaster (it is often easier to call out-of-state than within the affected area).
  • Teach children how to make long distance telephone calls.
  • Pick two meeting places.
    • A place near your home in case of a fire.
    • A place outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home after a disaster.