Do's & Don't's

Have A Plan

Ready to Respond

In An Emergency:


  1. Do have at least one out-of-state contact. If circuits are busy you stand a better chance of reaching someone further away.
  2. Do have a regular cord phone. Cordless phones that depend on an electrical base may not work if power is out.
  3. If you must leave your home in an emergency: Take your pets.
  4. Do have an emergency 'go' kit ready. Collecting flashlights, batteries, first aid kits, clocks, radio, important papers, etc after an emergency is declared is not a good idea. Most people have gym bags, fishing boxes, etc., why not an emergency 'go' kit?
  5. Do follow the directions of your Public Safety officials.
  6. Do keep your photo negatives in a water tight envelope along with your important papers in your 'go' kit. Photo albums are the number one possessions that people regret losing.
  7. Do store water and food for an extended period of time.
  8. Don't call 911 unless there is a life threatening emergency. 911 can be brought down by too many calls.


  1. Don't go for a drink after escaping from an emergency scene. Go to a designated meeting place. You do not want fire or police personnel risking their lives searching for you because they don't know you got out safely.
  2. Don't have pre-determined evacuation routes. In a HAZMAT incident, the direction of the wind and weather conditions will dictate which way to go.
  3. Don't panic. In an emergency take a moment to think before acting.
  4. Don't leave your pets behind.
  5. Do not drink, eat, or smoke anything, during an emergency from a chemical source or unknown explosion until you are out of harm's way.
  6. Don't go to an emergency scene.
  7. Don't travel down wind of a chemical incident.

Douglas Leard 2014