ADT Safety Tips: Disaster Preparedness


    With Experts Predicting More Natural Disasters This Summer, The Time to
Prepare Is Now

    BOCA RATON, Fla., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Canadian Red Cross reports
that in recent years natural disasters, from earthquakes in British Columbia
to hurricanes in New Brunswick, have forced more than four million Canadians
from their homes. Recent flooding in Manitoba led to the evacuation of over
1,200 people as the Red River grew more than 10 miles wide in some places.


    Hurricanes, wildfires, floods, earthquakes and tornadoes contributed to
making 2008 one of the most devastating natural disaster years on record, and
many climatologists predict a rise in such events in years to come.

    While it is impossible to stop a natural disaster, it is possible to
better prepare yourself and your family before disaster strikes.  Georgia
Eddleman, vice president of customer care for ADT Security Services said,
"Planning and execution are key steps to keeping your family safe during a
disaster. By taking the time to put an emergency plan in place now, your
family will be better prepared when every second counts."

    To help families reduce their risk of injury or even death during or
after a natural disaster, Eddleman and ADT recommend the following life-saving
disaster preparedness tips:

    --  Assemble a disaster supply kit. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management
        Agency (FEMA) recommends filling a supply kit with at least a
        supply of non-perishable food, water, first aid supplies, a
        battery-powered radio or television, a flashlight, extra clothing and
        blankets, matches, photocopies of credit and ID cards, essential
        medications and any other items to meet your family's unique needs.
        Store supplies in a waterproof, easy-to-carry container, such as a
        plastic tub with handles.
    --  Pick two safe meeting places. Choose a safe meeting place outside your
        home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire. The American Red
        Cross also recommends choosing a location outside your neighborhood,
        case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate. Having
        predetermined meeting places will save time, reduce confusion and help
        you confirm everyone has safely evacuated.
    --  Know how to shut off your home's natural gas, electricity and water
        supplies. Natural gas leaks and explosions are responsible for a
        significant number of fires following disasters; water also becomes a
        precious resource after many disasters.  The Canadian Red Cross
        recommends that all adult and teenage household members should learn
        how to shut off the natural gas, electricity and water at main valves
        and circuit boxes.
    --  Consider the use of a portable generator. Portable generators can be
        crucial when temporary power is needed, but they can also be
        According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, portable,
        gasoline-powered generators are a common source of unintentional
        monoxide poisoning after power outages associated with natural
        disasters such as hurricanes.  Never operate portable generators
        indoors, in garages, or outside near doors, windows, or vents of a
        home. Consider installing a monitored carbon monoxide alarm, which can
        be crucial in monitoring for dangerous levels of CO and other harmful
        gasses. It is always best to choose an alarm provider that offers
        battery backup in case of power failure and one with fully redundant
        monitoring centers in case one center is affected by a disaster.

    --  Choose an out-of-area contact for all members of the family to call in
        case of disaster. This contact can relay messages between family
        members should they become separated.  The selected person should live
        far enough away that he or she would not likely be affected by the
        event. Remember that during a disaster, local phone networks can
        overload and/or crash due to a large number of calls.  It may be
        to make a long distance phone call than to call across town.

    Eddleman said, "It is important to stay calm during a disaster; we hope
these tips will help people gain peace of mind in knowing they have helped
prepare their families to deal with the unexpected events that occur during an

    About ADT Security Services:

    ADT Security Services is a unit of Tyco International and part of ADT
Worldwide, the world's largest electronic security provider. In North America,
ADT provides electronic security services to nearly five million commercial,
government and residential customers. ADT's total security solutions include
intrusion, fire protection, video systems, access control, critical condition
monitoring, home health services, electronic article surveillance, radio
frequency identification (RFID) and integrated systems. ADT's government and
commercial customers include a majority of the nation's Fortune 500 companies,
all U.S. federal courthouses and over 70 mid to large airports. Headquartered
in Boca Raton, Florida, ADT has more than 24,000 employees at approximately
240 locations in the U.S. and Canada. More ADT information is at


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For further information: Bob Tucker of ADT Security Services,
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