Review Available Emergency/Disaster Resources BEFORE disaster strikes.
Emergencies/Disasters can happen with little or no warning. You may need to leave your home,
your neighborhood or even your community. Every person & family needs to know what to do if an emergency/disaster strikes. What would you do if water, gas, electricity or phone were cut off? You need a plan because help may or may not be available. The Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) launched www.ready.gov to help you prepare for any emergency/disaster that may arise.
Some preparedness tips provided include:
Know the hazards that may occur in the area.
Learn the evacuation routes and shelter locations from your home, your business & school -- Start by contacting your local emergency management office. Do an online search using the key word "
YOUR CITY + emergency
management office" or contact your local American Red Cross chapter.
Have an Emergency or Disaster kit ready + a 72-Hour Bug-Out bag for each family member
Know how to reconnect with people following an emergency -- The plans should include designated meeting places in case the family members are separated. Complete a contact card and give one to each family member to put in their wallet, purse, or backpack. The Contact Card link is provided by the CDC (Center for Disease Control).
Learn emergency skills including how to use a fire extinguisher and first aid. Again contact your local American Red Cross chapter.