On Wednesday, November 9, at approximately 2 PM EST, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct the country’s first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. The test will last approximately three minutes. EAS announcements will be carried on all local and national media outlets.
This is an excellent time to test your family’s own emergency preparedness. Have a fire drill. Does everyone know what to do when the alarm sounds? Pick a meeting place outside, away from the home but near where you can greet the arriving fire engines. Think about how you would get out if your regular exit was blocked. Always use the closest available exit, no matter which door you commonly use.
If there is a fire and someone is trapped, DON’T GO BACK IN! Stay outside at your meeting place and tell the firefighters when they arrive. We have the training and equipment to go in and get them safely.
Does everyone know where to find the fire extinguisher, flashlight and first aid kit? Have you checked them lately to make sure they are in working order and fully stocked?
Does everyone know how to summon help if needed? Do your children know how to dial 911? Do they know WHEN to dial 911? Do they know your address?
A little preparation and practice now could make all the difference in an emergency.