Once you are aware of the types of emergencies and disasters that could happen in our area, you are ready to get prepared. Achieving a basic level of preparedness is easy to do and can make the difference between getting hurt and staying safe.
To be safe, plan on protecting yourselves for up to 72 hours.
BUILD AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT
Build an emergency supply kit for your home, office and car in case something happens and you need to shelter-in-place. Make a shopping list with items you can check off as you gather them from around your home or from the store.
MAKE A FAMILY COMMUNICATIONS PLAN
Make a family communications plan to help locate and identify each family member during an emergency. Make copies and give to each family member, including out-of-state contact, and your child(ren)’s school.
Practice healthy habits to prevent the spread of diseases at home, work and school. Healthy habits include getting proper nutrition, rest and physical activity, as well as germ prevention, like covering coughs and sneezes and washing hands properly.
DECIDE WHERE TO TAKE SHELTER
Decide where to shelter-in-place during a lightning storm or tornado. Put an emergency supply kit in that location.
PLAN WHERE TO MEET IF SEPARATED
Discuss where to meet if separated. Plan to meet inside the home if it is safe. Otherwise, plan to meet outside at a tree, mailbox or on the corner. Decide ahead of time who will be responsible for getting young children and pets out of the home. If your home and the community are not safe, plan to meet somewhere else like a family member or a friend’s home. Make sure everyone knows.