Emergency Preparation Steps
Palm Springs, California
City of Palm Springs, CA
Preparation for a Catastrophic Event
Suggesting Twelve Steps to Reducing Risk
|Step 1. – Have a Plan
Home Safe Spots
Personal and family roles: Who does what?
Neighborhood meeting places
|Step 2. – Store Drinking Water
(Minimum two Weeks Supply)
Store and rotate water in your car!!! Today?
Plan for 1 gallon/day/person
Consider additional water (pools and spas for pets, dishwashing, laundry.
Keep 2-5/gallon buckets handy
|Step 3. – Food and Household Goods
Store 1 week non-perishable food for each person.
Keep in a dry cool spot – a dark area if possible.
Inspect all food for signs of spoilage before use.
Don’t forget: pet foods, baby formula, plates/utensils, hand held can opener, medicines and sterno cooking capability.
|Step 4. – Protection/Family Assets
Maintain copies of vital records.(i.e. birth certificate, driver’s license, bank statements, credit card data)
Have cash available. Primarily small bills and coins.
|Step 5. – Clothing and Protection
Heavy gloves and boots
(light search and rescue activities)
Seasonal comfortable clothing
Don’t forget children with special needs.
For evening sleeping bag, pillow, and blanket.
|Step 6. – First Aid Supplies
Learn basic first aid and CPR
Build first aid kits for home, car, and work.
Maintain extra prescriptions (preferably a 30 day supply)
|Step 7. – Alternative Heating and Lighting sources
Wood Burning Stoves
Extra Blankets, sleeping bags, etc.
Flashlights/extra batteries, Lanterns, portable generators
Last resort - candles
|Step 8. – Compile Emergency Preparedness Library
Earthquake, flooding fire safety pamphlets information
First aid and health care books
Basic home repair manuals
|Step 9. – Communications
Battery operated AM/FM radio
Local radio stations
Listen for EAS messages
Amateur Radio - RACES
ICE – Out of State Contact
|Step 10. – Waste Disposal
(Learn How to Manage it.)
System Disruption – water, sewer, and waste disposal(soon become health hazards)
Waste pickup delays
What to do with:
Human waste, pet waste, trash disposal, Hazardous Material
|Step 11. – Protecting You Family and Property
Get to know your neighbors (Neighborhood Org)
Organize Neighborhood Watch, Train as CERT Volunteer, etc.
Learn to protect yourself in a manner which is congruent with your personal values.
|Step 12. – Care for Pets
Water and food bowls
Leashes and/or collars
Medical records and picture’s
Medication and special foods
Learn pet first aid
Know which shelters allow for animals.