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Think SAFETY and do not take risks.

Walk carefully around your property; look for down power lines, water and gas leaks and damage to the structure(s).  Do no enter severely damaged buildings, especially alone.  Wait for help and use safety gear.


Learn the location of your gas meter and how to shut off the supply valve.  Do not shut off the gas supply valve unless you smell or hear gas leaking.  If you have “Natural Gas” (a line from the street) the main shut-off valve is located next to your meter on the inlet pipe.  Use a wrench and carefully give it a quarter turn in either direction so that the bar runs crosswise on the pipe.  The line is now closed.  Shut off valves covered with paint should be tapped gently to break the seal; forcing the valve can break it.  If you have propane (gas in a tank), turn off the main gas supply valve if it is safe to do so.  To close the valve turn it to the right (clockwise).


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Every responsible member of your household should know where you electrical switch box is and which switch controls power to your home.  This switch may be found on the circuit breaker panel or it may be separately located near the meter.

Remember – do not operate any electrical switches if a gas leak is suspected.  To shut off the electricity to your home, turn off individual breakers first, then the main switch.  To turn back on the main switch first, then individual beakers.

electricity shut off



The water shut off valve is found where the water supply enters the house.  Check with your water company to determine if a special tool is needed to turn the valve.  Consider installing a turn off valve near your home to help with leaks or burst pipes inside.  Water is essential for survival but in an emergency, may be limited or unavailable.  Properly stored water is most important part of your emergency plan.

water shut off


When considering how to operate for emergencies, think about the people in your neighborhood and how you can work together.  The first people to assist in an emergency are often your neighbors, friends and co-workers.