4 Steps to Safety
Step 1: Gather Information
Know the types of disasters most likely to occur in Yukon and how to prepare for each.
Yukon's outdoor warning systems are sounded for tornado warnings and can be used as a public address system during Amber Alerts, evacuations, and other crucial events.
Yukon's Blackboard Connect-CTY notifies residents of impending danger via telephone, cell phone, email, text messaging, and TTY. You may add, update or remove your information by accessing the above link or calling the Emergency Management office at 405-350-5413.
Animals are not allowed inside emergency shelters due to health regulations. Find alternatives for your pets.
Know the elderly and disabled persons in your neighborhood. Visit with them and find out how you may help them during a disaster.
Your workplace, children's school or daycare center, and other places where your family spends time should have a disaster plan. Know these plans.
Step 2: Create A Disaster Plan
Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster. Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather and hazardous materials to children. Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.
- Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain what to do in each case.
Pick two places to meet:
- Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire
- Outside your neighborhood in case you can't return home. Everyone must know the address and phone number.
- Ask an out-of-state friend to be your "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Other family members should call this person and tell them where they are. Everyone must know your contact's phone number.
- Discuss what to do in an evacuation. Plan how to take care of your pets.
Step 3: Complete a Checklist
-Post emergency telephone numbers by your telephones or have them programmed into your phone (fire, police, EMS, etc.).
-Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1 for emergency help.
-Show each family member how and when to turn off the water, gas, and electricity at the main switches.
-Check to see if you have adequate insurance coverage.
-Teach each family member how to use a fire extinguisher and where they are located.
-Install smoke detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms.
-Conduct a home hazard hunt.
-Stock emergency supplies and assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit.
-Take a Red Cross first aid and CPR class.
-Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room.
-Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster, including your Shelter-in-Place spot.
Step 4: Practice & Maintain Your Plan
- Quiz your children every six months so they remember what to do.
- Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills.
- Replace stored water every three months and stored food every six months.
- Test and recharge your fire extinguishers according to manufacturer's instructions.
- Test your smoke detectors monthly and replace the batteries the same weekend as the time change occurs in the spring and fall.