Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

posted Jun 21, 2018, 9:53 AM by Pueblo RCN   [ updated Nov 9, 2018, 1:12 PM ]


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.

 



Make and Practice Your Plan

Being prepared for a disaster or an emergency is something we plan for and act on throughout the year. But during the month of September, which is also National Preparedness Month, the focus on preparedness takes center stage.

The theme for this year’s Preparedness Month is “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now, Learn How.”  Throughout the month, we will be providing facts, tips and instruction on how to ensure you and your family are prepared for any type of emergency or disaster.

This week, the focus is on making an emergency plan and practicing it. Disasters don’t always happen when we are at home. Do you or your family know how to contact one another during or after a disaster? Where will you reunite?  Those are some of the items you should include in your emergency plan. Other suggestions for your plan: How will you receive emergency alerts or warnings? What is your shelter plan? What is your evacuation route?

In preparing your emergency plan, don’t forget to take into consideration those family members with special needs: children, the elderly, non-English speaking, hearing or visually impaired, special medical needs. Do you have pets? Make sure to include them in your plan as well.

Now Create an Emergency Plan, Communicate It and Practice It. Prepare Now, Learn How!

    
       
 

Weather Radios Deliver Alerts

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, through the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program, has replaced tone alert radios (TARs) with new, state-of-the-art weather radios for select residents and businesses in Eastern Pueblo County. The new radios were delivered directly to homes and businesses in the designated areas.

The new weather radios provide alerts for chemical incidents related to the stockpile at the Pueblo Chemical Depot and also will alert residents of any weather-related event in the area. In the event of an emergency, the radio will sound a tone followed by a voice message giving information and instructions on what should be done.

The existing tone alert radios are still functional and residents are welcome to keep them if they choose.

The new weather radios were purchased through the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program. The Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program was created in 1988 by Congress to enhance the preparedness of communities in the event of an emergency related to the chemical stockpile stored at depots throughout the nation. Pueblo Chemical Depot is one of only two remaining sites that still have a chemical stockpile.

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