Assess Your Level of Disaster Preparedness
Emergency response personnel are acutely aware that in a disaster, the entire community needs to be part of the solution. Our residents will need to take personal responsibility for their own preparedness and provide assistance to their neighbors. Preparing for terrorism is the same as preparing for earthquakes, fires, floods, windstorms and other natural disasters. Making our communities disaster/terrorism resistant is a shared responsibility; we all must do our part.
What You Can Do to Prepare
- Plan and Prepare to be self-sufficient for 72-hours (3-days).
- Create an emergency communications plan for you and your family.
- Be sure to include an out-of-town friend or relative and make sure that everyone memorizes their phone number.
- Have a plan that includes pre-planning locations for more than one phone access including home or office phone, cellular phone or pay phone.
- Check on the school and day care emergency plans for your school age children.
- Read and fully understand the plans.
- Know where the emergency exits, staircases and fire extinguishers are at home, at work and when traveling.
- Practice Emergency Evacuation Procedures.
- Be prepared to do without services you normally depend on, such as electricity, telephone, natural gas, gasoline pumps, ATM machines and internet transactions.
- Learn what to do if asked by officials to “Shelter In Place” (remain indoors or in your car) or to “Evacuate” (leave the area).
- Assemble a Disaster Kit including food, water, essential medications, hygiene supplies etc… for all family members and pets.