Be Prepared

be-preparedEmergency preparedness is about individual responsibility.
Disasters like floods, tornadoes, fires and winter storms can overwhelm a community very quickly. Planning ahead can help you and your family recover more quickly should disaster strike.

Know the risks
Find out what types of disasters are most likely to happen in your area and how to prepare for each.

Be aware
Find out what kind of warning sirens or signals your community uses. What do they sound like? What should you do when you hear them? Get a NOAA All-hazards Alert Radio. Remember, when you’re indoors, you may not hear outdoor sirens.

Create an emergency plan for your family.
Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster. Talk about the dangers and plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team. Make A Plan

Practice and maintain your plan.
Quiz your kids every six months to make sure they know what to do. Conduct fire escape drills.

Other preparedness tips:

  • Post emergency numbers by phones.
  • Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1 for emergency help.
  • Show each family member how and when to turn off utilities.
  • Check your insurance coverage.
  • Learn to use a fire extinguisher properly.
  • Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, especially near bedrooms. Test detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
  • Conduct a home hazard hunt.
  • Stock emergency supplies and assemble a disaster supply kit.
  • Take first aid and CPR classes.