Prepare Home & Vehicle

Preparing Your Home

Make sure your house is as safe as possible by following these simple guidelines:

  • Install smoke detectors on each level of your home and change batteries. Smoke detectors should be installed within 15 feet of the bedrooms. 
  • Create an evacuation plan and designate an assembly area outside your home. 
  • Clear hallways and exits for easy evacuation. 
  • Keep ABC type fire extinguishers. Make sure you know how and when to use them. 
  • Store flammable or highly reactive chemicals securely and separately from each other. 
  • Know how and when to switch off your Utilities (PDF). 
  • Keep utility company emergency phone numbers in one place near the telephone. 
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors on each level of your home and change batteries every 6 months. Install a carbon monoxide detector within forty (40) feet of all rooms used for sleeping. The carbon monoxide detector should be placed so it will be easily heard in all sleeping areas and should be installed according to manufacturer's instructions. 
  • Have a set place for storing your Emergency Supply Kit (PDF) and Go Bag
  • Nonstructural Mitigation (PDF) 
  • Prepare a safe room in case you need to Sheltering in Place (PDF) 
  • Conduct a Home Hazard Hunt and make your home a safer place to live. 

Additional Information: 

  • FEMA 
  • IBHS (Institute for Business and Home Safety) 


Most of us spend quite a bit of time in our cars. It is important to know what to do in case of an emergency, such as extreme heat, storm, or other weather condition, as well as an earthquake, or flood. It is important to be prepared and have emergency supplies in your car at all times.