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City of McAllen/McAllen Ready Emergency Preparedness Guide.

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  • EmergencyPreparedness Guide

    Plan Prepare Act

    GET READY WITH FREDDY!

    PLANPREPAREACT

    Freddy the Lizard is here to help you learn how to be prepared in an emergency situation. Visit Freddy on the web for more information at:

    WWW.MCALLEN.NET/EMERGENCY

  • FAMILY COMMUNICATIONS PLAN9.

    Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations. Fill out the following information for each family member and keep it up to date.

    Social Security Number:

    Important Medical Information:

    Social Security Number:

    Important Medical Information:

    Social Security Number:

    Important Medical Information:

    Social Security Number:

    Important Medical Information:

    Where to go in an emergency. Write down where your family spends the most time: work, school, and other places you frequent. Schools, daycare providers, workplaces, and apartment buildings should all have a site-specific emergency plans.

    McAllen Police Department (956) 681-2000 McAllen Fire Department (956) 681-2500 Emergency Management (956) 681-1234 Public Information Office (956) 681-1200

    Name:

    Date of Birth:

    Name:

    Date of Birth:

    Name:

    Date of Birth:

    Name:

    Date of Birth:

    FAMILY COMMUNICATIONS PLAN

    Home Address:

    Phone Number:

    Neighborhood Meeting Place:

    Regional Meeting Place:

    School Address:

    Phone Number:

    Evacuation Location:

    School Address:

    Phone Number:

    Evacuation Location:

    School Address:

    Phone Number:

    Evacuation Location:

    Work Address:

    Phone Number:

    Evacuation Location:

    School Address:

    Phone Number:

    Evacuation Location:

    Other place you frequent: Address:

    Phone Number:

    Evacuation Location:

    Other place you frequent: Address:

    Phone Number:

    Evacuation Location:

    Important Information Name Telephone Number Policy # Doctor(s): Other: Pharmacist: Medical Insurance: Homeowner/Rental Insurance Veterinarian/Kennel (for pets):

    Call 9-1-1 for all emergencies. However, if possible, refrain from using telephones except for true emergencies in order to keep phone lines open for emergency operations associated with an event.

    Telephone Number:

    Telephone Number:

    Out-of-Town Contact Name:

    Email:

    Protecting our homeland calls for a collaborative and proactive effort among citizens, corporations, and the government.

    All Americans should begin a process of learning about potential threats such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other emergencies so that we are better prepared to handle these situations. While there is no way to predict what will happen, or what your personal circumstances will be, there are simple things you can do to prepare yourself and your families.

    Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling a supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both natural and man-made emergencies. However, as these situations will differ in threat and scope, there are important differences as related to the decisions you make and the actions you take. Being responsible, proactive, and taking steps toward preparedness will help you plan for the emergency.

    To download a copy visit: www.mcallen.net/emergency

  • PREPARE A KIT1.

    PREPARE A KIT When preparing an emergency kit it is best to rst think about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air, and warmth. Take an even more proac ve approach and prepare a kit for both your vehicle and work place.

    WATER AND FOOD WATER

    One gallon of water per person, per day, for drinking and sanita on.Children, nursing mothers, and sick people may need more water.Store water ghtly in clean plas c containers.Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person.

    FOOD

    Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.Select foods that require no refrigera on, prepara on, or cooking and li le to no water.Pack a manual can opener and ea ng utensils.Choose foods your family will eat:

    o Crackerso Canned juiceso Non-perishable pasteurized milko High energy foodso Vitaminso Food for infants

    o Ready to eat canned foodso Protein or fruit barso Dry cereal or granolao Peanut bu ero Dried fruito Nuts

  • SHELTER IN PLACE

    SHELTER IN PLACE2.

    counts.

    OTHER BARRIERSDuct tape Scissors

    HEPA (HIGH EFFICIENCY PARTICULATE AIR FILTRATION) FILTER FANS

    between you and any contaminants that may be outside. However, no seal is perfect and some leakage is

    and other contaminants, they will not stop chemical gases.

    CLEAN AIR

    make you sick if inhaled or absorbed through open cuts. Many of these agents can only hurt you if they get

    NOSE AND MOUTH PROTECTION

    Be prepared to improvise with what you have on hand to protect your nose, mouth, eyes, and cuts in your

    children. There are also a variety of face masks readily available in hardware stores that are rated based on

    whether or not you get sick or develop disease.

    NATURAL DISASTERS8.

    NATURAL DISASTERS

    Find out what natural disasters are most common in your area. You may be aware of some of your

    of as a West Coast phenomenon, yet 45 states and territories in the Unites States are at moderate to high risk from earthquakes and are located in every region of the country. Other disasters may be more common in certain areas.

    Tornados are natures most violent storms and can happen anywhere. However, states located in

    Planning what to do in advance is an important part of being prepared. Find out what natural disasters are most common in your area.

    HURRICANE WINDSBoard up doors and windows with plywood or install

    Secure outdoor objects that could be dangerous, such as trash bins, tools, and barbecue pits.

    FLOODINGMove furniture and valuables to a higher levelStore important documents in waterproof containers

    REMINDER!CREATE A SUPPORT NETWORKIn many emergency situa ons, your neighbors may be your rst responders. Build a support network of at least three people in your area to assist you during an emergency. Do not depend on one person. Show your network where your medical equipment is located and how to use it. Give at least one member of your support network a key to gain entry into your residence during an emergency situa on.

    IMPORTANT FAMILY DOCUMENTSKeep copies of important family records such as insurance policies, iden ca on, and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.

  • NATURAL DISASTERS8.

    NATURAL DISASTERS

    Find out what natural disasters are most common in your area. You may be aware of some of your

    of as a West Coast phenomenon, yet 45 states and territories in the Unites States are at moderate to high risk from earthquakes and are located in every region of the country. Other disasters may be more common in certain areas.

    Tornados are natures most violent storms and can happen anywhere. However, states located in

    Planning what to do in advance is an important part of being prepared. Find out what natural disasters are most common in your area.

    HURRICANE WINDSBoard up doors and windows with plywood or install

    Secure outdoor objects that could be dangerous, such as trash bins, tools, and barbecue pits.

    FLOODINGMove furniture and valuables to a higher levelStore important documents in waterproof containers

    REMINDER!CREATE A SUPPORT NETWORKIn many emergency situa ons, your neighbors may be your rst responders. Build a support network of at least three people in your area to assist you during an emergency. Do not depend on one person. Show your network where your medical equipment is located and how to use it. Give at least one member of your support network a key to gain entry into your residence during an emergency situa on.

    IMPORTANT FAMILY DOCUMENTSKeep copies of important family records such as insurance policies, iden ca on, and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.

    SHELTER IN PLACE

    SHELTER IN PLACE2.

    counts.

    OTHER BARRIERSDuct tape Scissors

    HEPA (HIGH EFFICIENCY PARTICULATE AIR FILTRATION) FILTER FANS

    between you and any contaminants that may be outside. However, no seal is perfect and some leakage is

    and other contaminants, they will not stop chemical gases.

    CLEAN AIR

    make you sick if inhaled or absorbed through open cuts. Many of these agents can only hurt you if they get

    NOSE AND MOUTH PROTECTION

    Be prepared to improvise with what you have on hand to protect your nose, mouth, eyes, and cuts in your

    children. There are also a variety of face masks readily available in hardware stores that are rated based on

    whether or not you get sick or develop disease.

  • FIRST AID KIT AND CHECKLIST3.

    FIRST AID KIT AND CHECKLIST In any emergency, a family member or you yourself may be cut, burned, or su er other injuries. The list of basic supplies below will provide assistance during these instances. Remember, many injuries are not life threatening and do not require immediate medical a n on. Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a d erence in an emergency. A proac ve measure is to take a basic rst aid class, but simply assembling the following items in a rst aid kit can help you stop bleeding, prevent infec on, and assist in decontamina on.

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