Emergency Do's and Don'ts

In times of crisis or disaster, it's crucial to know how to respond effectively to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Follow these detailed guidelines to stay prepared and resilient during emergencies:


Stay Informed

  • Monitor Local News and Alerts: Keep abreast of local news and emergency alerts through trusted sources like radio, TV, or official websites.

  • Understand Potential Hazards: Familiarize yourself with common hazards in your area such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, or wildfires.

  • Sign Up for Alerts: Register for emergency alert systems provided by local authorities to receive timely notifications on your phone or email.

Have a Plan

  • Create an Emergency Plan: Develop a comprehensive emergency plan with your family or household members. Include evacuation routes, designated meeting points, and contact information.

  • Practice Your Plan: Conduct regular drills to ensure everyone knows their roles and responsibilities during emergencies.

  • Prepare for Specific Needs: Consider the unique needs of family members, including pets, elderly individuals, or individuals with disabilities, in your emergency plan.

Build an Emergency Kit

Prepare a well-stocked emergency kit that includes:

  • Water: Store at least one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days.

  • Food: Non-perishable food items like canned goods, energy bars, and dried fruits.

  • Medications: Maintain a supply of essential medications for each family member, including prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs.

  • First Aid Supplies: Include bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and any necessary medical supplies.

  • Flashlights and Batteries: Ensure you have reliable lighting sources in case of power outages.

  • Important Documents: Keep copies of identification, insurance policies, medical records, and contact information in a waterproof container.

Follow Authorities' Instructions

  • Stay Calm and Cooperative: Listen to instructions from emergency responders and local authorities calmly.

  • Evacuate Promptly if Advised: If ordered to evacuate, follow designated routes and leave immediately to avoid traffic congestion and ensure safety.

  • Use Designated Shelters: Seek shelter in designated locations and avoid areas marked as unsafe.

Check on Neighbors

  • Community Support: Look out for neighbors, especially those who may need assistance such as the elderly, individuals with disabilities, or families with young children.

  • Share Resources: Offer to share emergency supplies or information with neighbors to strengthen community resilience.

Stay Calm

  • Practice Stress Management: Stay composed and make rational decisions during emergencies to support yourself and others.

  • Stay Positive: Maintain a positive attitude and reassure family members and neighbors to reduce anxiety and promote cooperation.


Don't Panic

  • Remain Composed: Avoid panicking or making impulsive decisions that could compromise safety.

  • Focus on Safety Measures: Instead of panicking, focus on implementing your emergency plan and following safety guidelines.

Don't Ignore Warnings

  • Take Warnings Seriously: Treat all emergency alerts and warnings with seriousness and follow recommended actions promptly.

  • Verify Information: Use trusted sources to verify information before taking action.

Don't Delay Evacuation

  • Follow Evacuation Orders: If instructed to evacuate, don't delay. Delaying evacuation could put you and your family at risk.

  • Pack Essentials Quickly: Prioritize essential items and evacuate promptly to ensure safety.

Don't Use Elevators

  • Use Stairwells: During emergencies such as fires or earthquakes, use stairwells instead of elevators to evacuate safely.

  • Avoid Crowded Spaces: Elevators may become crowded or inoperative during emergencies, posing safety risks.

Don't Spread Rumors

  • Share Reliable Information: Refrain from spreading unverified information or rumors that could cause unnecessary panic or confusion.

  • Consult Official Sources: Rely on official sources of information such as local authorities or emergency response agencies.

Don't Forget Pets

  • Include Pets in Plans: Prepare emergency kits and evacuation plans that include provisions for pets.

  • Evacuate Pets Safely: Don't leave pets behind during evacuations. Bring pet supplies and identification.