Top 10 Action Items to Prepare for Emergencies

1. Emergency Kits
Build or purchase an emergency kit that contains: food, water, a flashlight, a radio, extra batteries, a whistle, a dust mask, extra medicine, and any special items you need (e.g. glasses, hearing aids, batteries).  A more comprehensive list can be found by viewing Emergency Kits

2. Emergency Information Form
Download and complete the following Emergency Information Form with your family/caretakers and post it on the back of your bathroom door or medicine cabinet in a zip lock bag.  Also keep a copy in your emergency kit.

3. Create a Support Network
Make a list of family and friends who can provide support and assistance in cases of medical emergencies, evacuations, etc. 

4. Develop a Communications Plan
Add phone numbers to 3 above and share with everyone on your list.  Plan who will call whom. 

5. Develop a Fire Safety Plan
Plan two ways out of every room and how to exit your home safely.

6. Share Your Plans with Your Support Group
Keep your support group informed of your plans, the location of your emergency kits and emergency information, and any changes that you make.

7. Secure Furniture
Secure tall furniture to prevent pieces from falling on top of you and/or blocking your exits.

8. Install Smoke Alarms
Install smoke alarms on every level in your home, especially near sleeping areas. It is recommended that you test smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries at least once a year (during time change for example).

9. Shut Off Utilities
Learn how and when to shut off your utilities.

10. Complete REACT/CERT Training.
View more information or call Richmond Fire Office of Emergency Services at 510-620-6866.