|COPE in 2010|
With the recent success of our Business Continuity Forum, we will be planning for a 3rd Forum in 2011. For the remainder of this year we will be planning this event and a Map Your Neighborhood set for October. Expect our regular newsletter with tips to keep your family aware and prepared!
|Disasters don't take a Summer VacationPrepare your family for a safe and fun summer season!
Before Leaving . . . Secure Your
locks on all doors and windows and use them.
Make sure your
residence looks lived in, not empty.
and blinds in a normal position.
Ask a neighbor
to watch your residence while your are away. Leave your vacation address and telephone number with a
neighbor so you can be reached in case of an emergency.
smoke and burglar alarms.
deliveries, arrange for a neighbor to pick up your mail, newspaper and
someone to mow your lawn, rake leaves and maintain the yard to give the home a lived-in look.
neighbor place garbage cans at the curb on your normal pickup day(s) and return them after the garbage pickup is made.
Plug in timers
to turn lights and a radio or television on and off at appropriate times.
Turn the bell
or ringer on your telephone down low. If a burglar is around, he won't be alerted to your absence by a ringing
If you have
call forwarding on your telephone, forward your calls to a trusted friend or relative.
your absence on answering machine messages; leave your normal message on the machine.
valuables with your driver's license number/
Post identification decals on entry doors and
Close and lock
garage doors and windows. Ask a neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway. If you leave your car at home,
park it as you normally would. Vehicles parked outside should be moved occasionally to
appear that they are being used.
taking valuables to a bank safety deposit box.
On the Road
Whenever planning a road trip, basic vehicle maintenance is a must prior to
departure. At a minimum, checks should include the following:
- Tires, spare and tire
- Oil levels and transmission
- Brakes and tow packages
- Water lines and gas lines
- Batteries, generators and
your car after entering or leaving it.
Check the back
seat before entering your car.
Mark your car
radio and other removable car equipment with your driver's license number.
valuables out of sight, preferably in the trunk. Always carry wallet, checkbooks and purses with you.
advertise that you are a tourist. Place maps and travel brochures in your
vehicle's glove compartment.
Hotel and Motel Security
If you are
staying in a hotel or motel, take all of your luggage and valuables to your room.
money, checks, credit cards, car keys or valuables in the room.
most direct route to and from your room, to the fire escapes, elevators and nearest telephone.
or leaving your room, use all auxiliary locking devices on doors and windows. (You may want to purchase a
portable door lock for traveling.)
Keep a daily
check of your belongings.
cash and expensive jewelry in the hotel/motel safe.
Open your door only if you are certain the person has a legitimate reason
to enter your room. If in doubt, call the hotel/motel office.
place belongings in the closet and dresser. Arrange your things so you'll know if anything is missing.
locking any electrical appliances (blow dryers, electric shavers, etc.) in your luggage. Suitcases should always be locked
so they cannot be used to carry your property out of your room.
Enjoy your holiday vacation plans and celebrations with your loved ones!
Lonna Calhoun, CEM