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REVIEW AND UPDATE
It is advised that family members update the
plan, by reviewing their responsibilities and pro-
cedures every six (6) months.
Additional revisions or enhancements will be
required once a hazard occurs.
The family is vulnerable to a number of haz-
ards. Some of these include:
Other existing hazards include:
• Mud Volcanoes
• Power Failures
• Hazardous Material Accidents
• Drinking Water Contamination
GENERAL GUIDELINES IN
• Each family member must know how to
turn off utilities such as water, gas and
electricity at the main.
• Stock emergency supplies and assemble
and emergency kit. (stored food and water
should be replaced every six months).
• Determine the best escape route from you
home and find at least two ways out of
• Find safe places in your home for each
typed of hazard.
• Conduct fire and emergency evacuations.
SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HOME
• If electrical wiring appears faulty or there is
evidence of leaks in gas connections, repair
• Place large, heavy objects on lower shelves.
• Hang pictures and mirrors away from beds.
• If there are cracks in your ceiling or founda-
tions, repair immediately.
• Store weed killers, pesticides and flamma-
ble products away from heat sources.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF FAMILY
Decide clearly who is in charge of which tasks
during an emergency, taking into account that it
could happen while you are at home or far away
from it. Household members will need to agree
on and share essential tasks (e.g. contacting
family members who are not home, collecting
children at school and attending to elderly per-
ALERTS AND WARNINGS
The purpose of the warning process is to pro-
vide efficient warnings and alerts of an actual or
impending emergency situation, to all members
of the household.
Designate a responsible family member who
will take charge of the warning process.
The process allows the evacuation of persons
in the home from a hazard that threatens their
safety and health.
Discuss with all family members the process
by which the evacuation will occur. Everyone
must know the address, how to get there, and
thee phone number.
It is important for family members to be ac-
quainted with existing plans. Schools and busi-
nesses may have plans in place for emergency
evacuations. Local authorities may also have
plans affecting whole streets in respective areas.
Information courtesy http://www.odpm.gov.tt
• Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes -
for simple cuts or abrasions
• Butterfly bandages and narrow adhesive
strips - to hold the edges of a cut together to
allow it to heal
• Individually wrapped, sterile gauze pads (2"
and 4") - to control bleeding or secretions and
• Hypoallergenic adhesive tape - to hold a
dressing or splint in place
• Roll of absorbent cotton - as padding for a
• Sterile roller bandages (2" and 3"), at least 3
rolls - to lend support to sprained or sore
• Cotton-tipped swabs
• Anti-itch lotion or cream - for relief of insect
bites, itching and minor skin irritations
• Eye drops
• Syrup of ipecac - to induce vomiting only if in-
structed by a poison control center, emer-
gency personnel or doctor; keep a one-ounce
bottle on hand for each child under age five
• Antiseptic ointment, spray or towelettes - for
• Antibiotic ointment - to prevent infection of
• Bottled water - to rinse wounds or to drink
• Face mask - to protect against smoke, dust
• Latex gloves - for protection when providing
emergency help to an injured individual
• Clean towel - for a pillow or as a wrap for ice
• Chemical ice packs
• Emergency phone numbers - doctor, phar-
macy, poison control, etc.
• First aid handbook
It is also important to have some basic medi-
cines on hand in your family's medicine cabinet.
Remember to check the cabinet each year and
dispose of expired medicines.
• Pain reliever - such as acetaminophen, aspirin,
ibuprofen, ketoprofen or naproxen sodium -
for relief of headaches, muscle aches and
• Fever reducer, such as acetaminophen, aspirin
• Decongestant and cough medicine
• Stomach remedies - to prevent or treat indi-
gestion, heartburn or upset stomach
• Antihistamine - for allergic reactions and itch-
• Eye drops
When taking medicines, read the
label...EVERYTIME. Always remember to check
the proper dose of medicine, especially when
dosing children. Pay special attention to the
usage directions and warnings. Don't buy or use
any medicine from a package that shows cuts,
tears, slices or other imperfections. Report any-
thing suspicious to the pharmacist or store man-
ager. If you have questions about your medicines,
talk to your doctor, pharmacist or other health
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The Family Emergency Plan is a useful tool that can assist householders and family members in advance planning
exercises. It forms part of any preparedness strategy and as a result may go a long way in preserving human life,
limb and property before, during and after a hazard impact.
The following are important items to have in your Family Health First Aid Kit:
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