Emergency Preparedness Checklist
Assemble supplies you might need in an evacuation. Store them in an easy-to-carry container such as a backpack or duffle bag. In addition to the basic emergency kits supplies recommended by FEMA, parents of children with hearing loss should also include items such as:
- Hearing aid or cochlear implant batteries
- Dry aid kits, waterproof covers or other protective cases or covers for devices
- Cord clips, mic locks or body clips to ensure devices are not lost if they fall off
- Information for first responders to better communicate with your child
Basic preparedness kit supplies for families
- A supply of water (one gallon per person per day). Store water in sealed, unbreakable containers. Identify the storage date and replace every six months.
- A supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a non-electric can opener.
- A change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes.
- Blankets or sleeping bags.
- A first aid kit and prescription medications.
- An extra pair of glasses.
- A battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
- Credit cards and cash.
- An extra set of car keys.
- A list of family physicians.
- A list of important family information; the style and serial number of medical devices such as pacemakers.
- Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.
In addition to the basic emergency plan recommended by FEMA, parents of children with hearing loss should also discuss:
- How to interact with first responders in an emergency
- Prepare a Communication Guide for first responders
- Remind your child’s teachers how to communicate with your child in an emergency, or even a fire drill.
- Be sure your plan includes other accommodations necessary for your family
To create a basic family emergency plan:
- Meet with household members to discuss the dangers of fire, severe weather, earthquakes and other emergencies. Explain how to respond to each.
- Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.
- Discuss what to do about power outages and personal injuries.
- Draw a floor plan of your home.
- Mark two escape routes from each room.
- Show family members how to turn off the water, gas and electricity at main switches when necessary.
- Post emergency telephone numbers near telephones.
- Teach children how and when to call 911, police and fire.
- Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information.
- Pick one out-of-state and one local friend or relative for family members to call if separated during a disaster (it is often easier to call out-of-state than within the affected area).
- Teach children your out-of-state contact’s phone numbers.
- Pick two emergency meeting places.
- A place near your home in case of a fire.
- A place outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home after a disaster.
- Take a basic first aid and CPR class.
- Keep family records in a water and fire-proof container.
Adapted from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Preparedness Checklist available from Ready.gov.