Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

Disasters/Emergencies can happen at any time? Are you prepared??

Floods, wildfires, blizzards, wind storms, power outages… These are all things that can and do happen in our region. Will you be prepared? Do you have a 72-hour emergency kit prepared? Do you have a family emergency plan? Do you any alternative methods of communication, light or heat in the event of a power outage? Do you have an evacuation plan? Could you shelter-in-place if ask to do so??

These are just a few of the things you and your family should do to prepare for any emergency.

  • Don’t wait for disaster to strike, begin planning today.
  • ·         Don’t know where to begin, start by making a family emergency communication plan. Designate where each family member will go during an emergency; what each member will do and how to reconnect.
  • ·         Designate evacuation routes leading out of your home, your neighborhood and your city.
  • ·         Include contact numbers for all family members, day care centers, schools, nursing homes, and other important contacts.
  • ·         Create a 72-hour kit with items to sustain you and your family during an emergency. Include water, non-perishable food items, batteries, flashlights, blankets, battery-powered or hand-cranked radio, first aid kit, whistle and cell phone chargers.
  • ·         Sign up for local alerts and warnings and monitor weather reports. Learn the difference between watches and warnings and know what it means to shelter-in-place or evacuate.
  • ·         Look over your insurance policies and see what coverage you have. If you don’t have flood insurance, consider adding it now.
  • ·         If you have pets, make sure to include them in your plan. Prepare a 72-kit for them as well with food, water, portable dishes, a leash and toys. Check into shelters or other locations that would accept your pet should you have to evacuate.
  • ·         With nearly every disaster comes power outages.
  • ·         But you can prepare for outages, particularly extended outages, today.
  • ·         Take an inventory of all items that you would need to rely on electricity, particularly medical devices as well as any medication that may need to be refrigerated.
  • ·         Fire-proof your home. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
  • ·         Create a fire-resistant zone around your home free of leaves, debris and flammable materials.
  • ·         Keep important documents in a fireproof, waterproof place.

Prepare now and plan for disasters.

For more information on preparing for disasters go to www.ready.gov.

 




                                                       



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