National Preparedness Month is a good time to focus on learning new life-saving skills, or to brush up on skills you may have learned in the past. Below is a list of skills important know in the event of an emergency.
First Aid & CPR
American Red Cross offers first aid, CPR and AED training, both online and at local chapter offices. Official certification by the American Red Cross provides, under the “good Samaritan” law, protection for those giving first aid.
Fire Escape Plan
An escape plan will help you get out of your home quickly. Twice each year, practice your home fire escape plan.
Know how to shut off utilities
Electricity by itself is deadly, but the danger increases if it comes into contact with water or natural gas. All responsible persons in your household should know how to turn off the electricity.
Know where your electrical panel is located and always turn off individual circuits before switching off the main.
A broken water line can quickly flood a home. Make sure water shut off valves (including the main) are in good working order. You should be able to operate water shut off valves easily by hand, without using a wrench or other tool.
Finally, know where your natural gas shut-off valves are located — both inside your home and outside at the meter.
If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open the nearest window and get everyone out of the house immediately.
If you’re able, turn off the gas at the meter.
Call the gas company or fire department from a neighbor’s or use your cell phone. Do not go back inside your house.
If you turned your gas off, only a qualified professional can turn it back on. Never attempt to turn the gas on yourself.
For additional information visit the following websites:
Federal Emergency Management Agency
American Red Cross
If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Troy Carney at the Fort Leonard Wood Emergency Management Office, 573.563.7135.