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It is important to pack a 72-hour kit for all family members in case you need to evacuate your home on short notice. However, in many disasters, travel is impossible, or home is still the best shelter even if there is some damage.

Prepare a secure area of your home for emergency situations. Make sure you have food, water, and other supplies in this area, such as a radio and flashlights. You will want the area to have a degree of comfort, although you should be able to isolate it from outside air-intake for a short period of time with pre-cut sheets of plastic and tape. Don’t forget to prepare for children, babies, and pets. They may need different food, diapers, toys, etc.

Be familiar with your home’s infrastructure. Know how to shut-off water, gas, air conditioning, and electricty. Never use a gas generator in an enclosed area. The fumes are toxic.

If you want to feel more confident in an emergency, consider certifying in basic first aid and CPR. Also, have several A-B-C fire extinguishers around your home and know how to use them.

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