Duluth Firefighters Urge Planning Ahead for a Disaster

Are you prepared?

DULUTH, Minn. – Disasters take many forms from fires to earthquakes, and they can strike anywhere, at anytime.

“Before a disaster strikes, it’s important for families to have a plan. If you don’t already have one, start one today. Prepare now, so you don’t panic later,” says Local 101 firefighter Pete Johnson.

Local 101 suggests using the following guidelines to create a personalized plan for families:

  • Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to occur and the best ways to respond (tornado, flooding, home fire, wildfire, etc)
  • Establish meeting areas inside and outside of your home, and even outside of your neighborhood
  • Make sure everyone knows when and how to contact each other, if separated
  • Stock emergency supplies and assemble a disaster supply kit or a “go bag” with sufficient quantities to last for at least 72 hours. Store these supplies in a dry, cool place and be sure to include batteries, flashlight, and a radio
  • Learn basic first aid for severe bleeding and shock, and CPR. Basic training is offered at the American Red Cross.

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