*Suggestions taken from the NM Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management - NM Family Emergency Preparedness Guide.

1. What Type of Disasters Could Happen to You?

  • What types of disasters are most likely to happen in your area?
  • Does your community have a warning signal? What does it sound like and what should you do when you hear it?
  • Find out which radio stations will provide emergency information for your area.

2. Create a Disaster Plan

  • Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disasters.
  • Discuss the types of disasters that could happen and explain what to do in each case.
  • Make two evacuation plans- one specific to your home and another if you entire neighborhood is affected.
  • Have an action plan for your pets.
  • Contact an out of area relative or fried to be your "family contact". Explain to them their responsibility.
  • Family Communication Plan: print out these cards and give a copy to each family member so they know what to do in case of an emergency.

3. Put Your Plan Into Action

    • Post emergency telephone numbers by all telephones.
    • Teach children how and when to call 911 for help.
    • Create your home emergency supply kit.
    • Find safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.
    • Determine the best escape routes from your home - find two ways out of each room.
    • Make sure you have smoke detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms.
    • Make sure you have a Class ABC fire extinguisher.
    • Check for adequate insurance coverage.
    • Take photos or videotape your belongings and your home.
    • Take a first aid and CPR class.

4. Keeping Your Plan Current

  • Practice, practice, practice- review your plan once a month.
  • Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills at least twice a year.
  • Test and recharge your fire extinguishers according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Test your smoke detectors monthly - change the batteries every six months. (Like when the time changes)
  • Replace emergency supply kit stored water and food every six months.