CSP Spotlight: Disasters Happen, So Learn Life Saving Skills

In the past 10 years, the United States has officially declared over 1,000 disasters.  In the Fall of 2017, alone, three major hurricanes – Harvey, Irma and Maria – were estimated to have impacted 25.8 million Americans. And more recently, Hurricane Florence caused major devastation to parts of North and South Carolina.

Chances are, one day you’ll be affected.  Planning now means you’ll have better control of the situation.  Below are six life saving skills to use before disaster strikes.

  • KNOW WHERE YOUR GAS SHUTOFF VALVE IS LOCATED:
    • If unsure, ask your gas company.
    • Shutting off gas before an emergency can help avoid gas leaks and explosions.
  • KNOW WHERE YOUR ELECTRICAL SHUTOFF IS:
    • If unsure, ask your local electric company.
    • Electrical problems cause an average of 25,900 house fires each year. The risk grows during a disaster.
    • Shut off breakers or pull out fuses in the breaker or fuse box.
  • MAKE AN EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION PLAN FOR YOUR FAMILY:
    • An emergency communication plan means family members know where to go, what to do, and how to reconnect and reunite when disaster strikes.
  • MAKE SURE YOU HAVE INSURANCE:
    • Does it cover flood or earthquakes?
    • Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster. Just a few inches of water can cause thousands of dollars of damage.
  • PLAN FOR YOUR PETS:
    • Locate pet-friendly shelters for your furry friends. Many emergency shelters can’t accept pets, for public health reasons. Service animals are always welcome.
  • KNOW EVACUATION ROUTES:
    • Many communities have evacuation routes, learn about them. Minutes matter during a disaster.

What do all these tips have in common? The time for learning them is before a disaster strikes, not during. Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can. LEARN MORE AT READY.GOV

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