Before an event even occurs, you should take steps to keep you and your family safe in the event of an emergency.
Create a family Emergency Operations Plan which identifies what type of hazards and potential risks your jurisdiction faces and what you will take with you and where you will go if you are asked to evacuate, etc.
Every home should also have a Disaster Supplies Kit at all times, which should be portable, updated every six months, and contain the following:
- A three-day supply of water (one gallon per day per person).
- A list of family physicians
- A list of medications and prescriptions, including dosage
- The style and serial number of medical devices
- A supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food that does not require cooking.
- A non-electric can opener
- A first aid kit
- A battery powered radio and flashlight with extra batteries
Since many times in a widespread disaster or emergency it’s difficult to call within the affected area, establish one out-of-state friend or relative for family members to call if you become separated. The designated person can pass along messages and vital information, and relieve stress and anxiety. Make sure your children know how to make long distance telephone calls too.
Also be sure that your home has at least one telephone that is hard-wired. Portable telephones do not work during power outages and cellular phones have proven undependable in times of disaster.
If you are in need of transportation or special needs in an emergency, especially in an evacuation, register with your Municipal Police Department through the "We Care" Program now so they can be better prepared to help you in a timely manner.