“A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.
The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” Proverbs 22:3 (NLT)
• Avoid low lying areas and watch for flash-flooding.
• Never walk through moving water that is more than 6 inches deep.
• Evacuate when told to do so.
• Do not drive through flooded areas.
• Avoid coming into contact with flood water. It can be contaminated. Wash any area that gets wet.
In any attack that may include airborne substances—chemical, biological or radiological—be sure to
follow evacuation directions. If you are unable to evacuate, use these precautions:
• Seek refuge within a sturdy building. Interior rooms on the first floor or underground offer more protection.
• Turn off your airconditioning and heating systems. You want to seal off incoming air. Cover windows and door jambs with plastic sheeting and duct tape. Close all exterior doors, windows, and interior doors.
• Get low beneath smoke and crawl away from scene.
• Watch for debris, especially overhead.
• If you are trapped, try not to move. Cover your mouth and nose with a breathable cloth. Tap on a wall or pipe to be heard by rescuers.
• Quickly remove any clothes coming in contact with an infectious substance. Bag them in plastic bags and contact authorities for disposal.
• Seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
• Quickly remove all clothing in contact with the body. Cut away clothing to avoid dragging chemicals across skin. Bag clothes in plastic bags and contact authorities for disposal.
• Wash with soapy water. Blot skin with a soapy wash cloth and rinse with clean water.
• Rinse eyes and ears with clean water.
• Seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
• Remember the three protective factors: distance, shielding and time.
• Get inside a building. Stay in the basement, underground or interior room on lowest floor.
• Take cover behind anything that might offer protection.
• Do not look at the flash or fire-ball, it can blind you.
• Lie flat on the ground and cover your head. The blast wave can take 30 seconds or more to arrive.
• Remove clothing and shoes and place in plastic bags. Shower thoroughly and contact authorities for disposal of contaminated items.
• Radioactive fall-out can be carried by the wind for hundreds of miles. Follow emergency directions.
• Remain in your shelter until authorities say you can leave. This can be up to four weeks.
BE A PREPARED STUDENT—LEARN AND LIVE
There is a wealth of information available today that will help you in the event of a national emergency. Community bookstores carry informative books on surviving many types of disasters. Check out the websites listed below and be proactive in preparing yourself and your family for uncertain future events.
REMEMBER YOUR PETS
Gather these essential items in your
pet emergency kit.
For each pet:
• Carrying Case—if needed
• Litter Box
• Plastic Bags
• Tags—with home, phone and vet information
• Medications—include heartworm and flea meds
• Vaccination Information
• Veterinarian and Emergency Pet Hospital Numbers
Keep your important documents protected in a portable fire-resistant, waterproof safe or box. Documents to include:
> Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates
> Divorce and Child Custody Papers
> Adoption Papers
> Military Records
> Social Security Cards
> Copies of Drivers’ Licenses
> Mortgage and Property Deeds
> Stock and Bond Certificates
> Car Titles
> List of insurance policies, including: the type, company, policy number, and name of insured
> Copies of health insurance cards, doctors names and numbers, immunization records and prescription names with dosages
> Copies of Wills and Power of Attorney
> Trust Documents
> Inventory of Your Home’s Possessions
If you do not have personal access to the internet visit your local library and the librarian will help you find your way to the sites listed:
• World Harvest Faith Center International
• Federal Emergency Management Agency
• U.S. Department of Homeland Security
• U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• National Weather Service
I’M PREPARED CHECKLIST
The American Red Cross recommends the following things in order to be prepared for emergencies:
■ I am aware of what disasters or emergencies could occur in my area.
■ I and my family have a disaster plan which we have practiced.
■ I have a survival readiness kit prepared.
WORLD HARVEST IS HERE FOR YOU
Are you seeking answers in life? Are you facing a difficult situation?
- Find your way to peace with God
- Send us your prayer request online
- Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fill in the information on the card to the left and make copies for the wallet of each family member. Place a copy by each telephone in your home.
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