How to Turn Off Your Gas

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IMPORTANT: It’s very simple to turn off your gas, but the gas company must come out to turn it back on, so don’t actually turn your gas off unless it is an emergency!

Preparing for an Earthquake

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My family always lived in southern California when I was growing up, so I have many, many memories of earthquakes.  In southern California, people expect earthquakes, so they prepare for them!  There are special building codes to keep structures from collapsing. Kids have earthquake drills in school.

Creating a Family Emergency Plan

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For the best chance of safety in an emergency, your family needs to have an emergency plan. An emergency could happen at any time, so it’s important to be prepared for as many different situations as you can.  Follow the steps below to create your own emergency plan!

QUIZ: How prepared are you TODAY?

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Take this short quiz to test your knowledge about smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, and to see how prepared you are today!  Once you have your score, I’ll offer you suggestions on how you can become even more prepared.

Fire Extinguisher Basics

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Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home?  Do you know how to use it?  If you’ll learn about fire extinguishers, buy one (or more), try using a fire extinguisher, and then maintain your fire extinguisher, you will be able to put out small fires if you need to.

Involving Kids in Emergency Preparedness

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Here are some ways to help kids become involved in emergency preparedness: Have kids draw an exit plan for their room and put it on their wall (like at a hotel). Talk about where to go at different times (Tommy, you’re in the kitchen and a spark catches the towel on fire!  What do you… Read more »