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Disaster Preparedness
Disasters
It can be anything for which you are unprepared but we generally think of disasters as things like weather-related emergencies or acts of terrorism. There is one factor that makes a disaster of any nature more difficult to handle. That factor is being unprepared.

Having given thought to potential problems and formulating a plan in advance is the single greatest thing a person can do to return to normalcy. The following list is the beginning of formulating a basic plan to help with any disaster. Remember that this list is only a start. Each item should be used as food for thought to more fully develop safety plans for your family, business or other entity.

Basic Preparedness
  • Make a list of important telephone numbers – law enforcement, fire, EMS, medical personnel and hospitals, pharmacies, insurance companies, banks, all immediate family members, business partners, and others specific to your needs.
  • Develop a communications plan. How will you contact one another or, able to contact someone in the immediate family, who else could be a common point of contact in another geographic location?
  • Establish a meeting place and an alternate location in another geographic location and appointed times to meet.

Suggested Emergency Preparedness Kit

  • Three-to-five day supply of water per person
  • Food that will not spoil and requires no cooking
  • First aid kit and needed medications
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlights and tools
  • Extra batteries for all items, including cell phones
  • Personal items such as toilet paper, plastic garbage bags, etc.
  • Extra clothing and bedding
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Cash and/or credit cards
  • Portable generator, if possible

Things to Learn

  • CPR and basic life saving
  • How to turn off utilities at main switches
  • Your child’s school or day care emergency plans
  • Escape routes from your home
  • Evacuation routes from your home or work

Recovery from a Disaster

  • Help the injured or trapped (sometimes that just means calling 9-1-1)
  • Turn on a radio or television
  • Stay out of damaged buildings
  • Use telephones only for emergencies
  • Clean up spilled flammable liquids, if possible
  • Check for gas leaks
  • Look for electrical damage
  • Check for water or sewage leaks
  • Take pictures for insurance purposes or other documentation, if possible

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Additional Information
Should you have additional questions, please contact our Community Services Division via email at (972) 377-1885.