Emergency Preparedness

The Emergency Management Agency is the bridge designed and created to help people help people.
If the health, safety and well-being of the entire community is the EMA’s number-one priority, and if a comprehensive emergency management program built on effective public/private partnerships can be directly attributable to saving lives, mitigating the effects of and recovering from a disaster, then it takes an entire community – those who can help helping those who need help.
  1. MAKE A PLAN: You should plan in advance what you will do in an emergency. Be prepared to assess the situation, use common sense and whatever you have on hand to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Think about the places where your family spends time: school, work and other places you frequent. Ask about their emergency plans. Find out how they will communicate with families during an emergency. If they do not have an emergency plan, consider helping develop one.

    • CREATING A FAMILY PLAN You and your family may not be together when disaster strikes. Be prepared for a variety of situations.

    • DECIDING TO STAY OR GO Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the attack, the first important decision is whether you stay put or get away. You should understand and plan for both possibilities.

    • AT WORK AND SCHOOL Schools, daycare providers, workplaces, apartment buildings and neighborhoods should all have site-specific emergency plans. Ask about plans at the places your family frequents.

    • IN A MOVING VEHICLE You may be in a moving vehicle at the time of an attack. Know what you can do.

    • IN A HIGH-RISE BUILDING You may be in a high-rise building at the time of an attack. Plan for the possibility.

    • WATER & FOOD Find out how to store and prepare for at least three days of survival.

    • FIRST AID KIT Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. If you have these basic supplies, you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt.

    • CLEAN AIR Learn how to improvise with what you have on hand to protect your mouth, nose, eyes and cuts in your skin.

    • SPECIAL NEEDS ITEMS Make lists for those with special needs - babies, adults, seniors and people with disabilities.

    • PORTABLE KIT Assemble supplies items essential for survival.

    • SUPPLY CHECKLISTSAssemble clothing & bedding, tools and other basic supplies.

Information gleaned from the Greene County Website ( a public financed website)