8600 Old Georgetown Road | Bethesda, MD 20814
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Tips for Personal Emergency Preparedness

Is your family prepared for a major emergency, whether it is man-made or a natural disaster? Suburban Hospital wants to help you be prepared. Here are some tips to help your family be prepared:

  • Get informed about hazards and emergencies that may affect you and your family.

  • Develop an emergency plan.

  • Collect and assemble disaster supplies kit.

  • Learn where to seek shelter from all types of hazards.

  • Identify the community warning systems and evacuation routes.

  • Include in your plan required information from community and school plans.

  • Learn what to do for specific hazards.

  • Practice and maintain your plan.

Certain documents should be readily accessible in the event that you must leave your home quickly, including:

  • birth certificates and/or adoption papers,
  • bank account numbers and bank contact information
  • credit card numbers and expiration dates, and
  • cash.

In the event of a highly infective flu virus, it is important to:

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Monitor travel advisory if you will be traveling out of town or out of the country.

  • Get your annual flu shot.

  • Avoid contact with people, birds, or animals that are ill.

  • Stay home if you or your children are sick.

  • Eat only well-cooked poultry products.

  • Consider that the best treatment plan may be to stay at home and not expose yourself or others to greater illness.

For more information about preparing for an emergency situation, use these links: