What can I do to plan for a natural disaster?

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You can take the following steps to plan for a natural disaster emergency:

  • Map out escape routes from each room in the house.
  • Stock enough emergency supplies to last seven days.
  • Test smoke alarms every month and change batteries regularly.
  • Keep a three-day supply per person of water and nonperishable food items.
  • Identify the main electric fuse box or circuit breaker, water-service and gas-service lines, and learn how to shut them off properly.
  • Keep a wrench, flashlight and battery-powered radio handy.

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