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- Develop a family communication plan by selecting a person outside your local area for everyone to call in case of an emergency. Carry it in your wallet.
- Ensure every member of your family knows the phone number and has coins or a prepaid phone card for calling the emergency contact. Cell phones often get jammed due to high call volume during disasters.
- Designate a primary and secondary meeting location.
- Create an emergency supply kit with a 3-day supply of the basic items for each person. Check and rotate supplies every 6 months. Some items to include: fresh water, food, a battery-powered or hand crank radio, extra batteries, first aid, moist towelettes, garbage bags, a flashlight, a whistle, dust masks, tools, a wrench or pliers, a can opener, local maps, and cash.
- Prepare a plan for your pets as well.
- On average, 1,300 tornadoes are reported annually in the U.S.
- The average twister path is 660 feet wide and can be as long as 50 miles.
- 40 states are considered at risk of an earthquake.
- More deaths occur due to extreme heat and cold than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined.
- Because of contamination, clean water is harder to find than food after a flood.
- A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when the speed of its winds reaches 74 mph.
- 91% of people surveyed agree that it is important to be prepared for emergencies, but only 55% said that they had taken any steps to prepare.
- September 11, 2001, will always remind us of the reality of terrorist attacks and the damage they can cause.