Level 1

*Please note that this is only an example of this certification level. Please refer to the Principles of this Program page to learn more about the importance of customizing this program to the geographic area that you live in.

Here is the basic overview of Level 1 Certification:

  1. Family Education: A family home evening to prepare family members for emergencies.
  2. Create Family Emergency Plan: A plan for family members to follow in case of an emergency.
  3. 72 Hour Kits: Creating and updating 72 hour kits for each family member.
  4. Food Storage: 3 months of food and toiletries and one full week of water.
  5. Emergency Cash Fund: Cash on hand for use in case of an emergency. $50 per person.

Here is a detailed overview of the Level 1 Certification:

  1. Cover the following three items as part of a FHE:
    1. Teach all family members of a responsible age, how to turn off all major utilities in the home (including the Water, Electricity, and Gas). Discuss various circumstances that would warrant turning off these utilities.
    2. Create a Fire Escape plan for your home. There should be two exits for each family member.
      1. If they are in the basement, be sure that family members have a way out of the window well.
      2. If they are on the second floor, be sure they have a safe way to escape from the second floor (again, a ladder).
      3. Teach family members how to remove window screens so they can escape.
      4. Practice your escape plan with your family. Teach the 18” crawl under smoke.
      5. Test all smoke detectors in the home. Replace batteries if necessary. Also, check all fire extinguishers in the home.  Make sure they are still within their Use-by-date. Teach children the fundamentals of using a fire extinguisher. Have more than one in the home (one in the kitchen, and one on every level of the house).
  2. Create a Family Emergency Plan:
    1. Designate three meeting places.
    2. Provide Contact numbers for local Police, Fire, Ambulance, Poison Control, etc.
    3. Provide Contact numbers for Family and Friends you wish to contact in an Emergency.
    4. Designate one out of state relative or friend, if possible, to contact in an emergency if possible. In large emergency situations, local circuits are the first ones to become overloaded. Long distance phone calls have a higher chance of being available.
    5. Decide who will pickup any kids from school. Know the policy for releasing children in an emergency.
    6. Create a brief checklist of things to get/bring if you have to leave your home on short notice. This will
      help someone in a panic to remember important things to bring (like your 72 hour kit, or copies of important documents, Pets, etc).
    7. Laminate the Family Emergency Plan and give a copy to each child, and place a copy in each car, 72 hour kit, and within the home near a phone.
  3. Create or Update your 72 hour kits. Be sure it has the following and is in a backpack for easy transportation:
    1. Basic first aid kit
    2. Food/water to survive for 3 days
    3. Blankets/space clothing for family members
    4. AM/FM Radio or two-way radio
    5. Extra batteries.
    6. Flashlight.
    7. Toilet paper in a water proof bag.
    8. Cash in small denominations. Including coins (pay phones are some of the first to be
      activated after an emergency)
    9. Pre-paid phone card.
    10. Personal medications for each family member, including prescriptions
    11. Pocket knife/leatherman/swiss army.
    12. Copy of your Family Emergency Plan.
  4. Food Storage (3 months of food and toiletries, one week of water). Prepare by thinking, “What if we had to living in our house for 3 months, without any outside assistance. What would we need besides our food and water?”
  5. Emergency Cash Fund (this is cash on hand – not in a bank): $50 per person/$100 per family minimum

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