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Preparing for Disasters
Formulating an Escape Plan
In a fire or other emergency, you may need to evacuate your house, apartment or mobile home on a moment's notice. You should be ready to get out fast.
Develop an escape plan by drawing a floor plan of your residence. Using a black or blue pen, show the location of doors, windows, stairways, and large furniture. Indicate the location of:
Emergency supplies (Disaster Supplies Kit),
First aid kits
Utility shut off points
Next, use a colored pen to draw a broken line charting at least 2 escape routes from each room. Finally, mark a place outside of the home where household members should meet in case of fire.
Be sure to include important points outside such as:
Practice Makes Perfect
If your home has more than 2 floors, use an additional sheet of paper. Practice emergency evacuation drills with all household members at least 2 times each year.
Escape Route Template (PDF)