Everyone should be prepared for the hazards that effect their community. The actions you take to prepare and respond even before outside help arrives make a difference.
4 Simple Steps
1. Identify Your Hazards – Talk with your neighbors, local public safety officials, county emergency management, and National Weather Service office about the natural, human-made, and technological emergencies that have occurred in your community, and what other hazards could happen. Discuss what you can do to prevent or lessen your impact.
2. Have A Plan – Identify what your response activities will be:
- Who Will You Call?
- What Will You Do?
- Where Will You Go?
- Where Can You Get Help?
3. Implement Your Plan – Take simple steps to implement your plan:
- Post emergency telephone numbers by phones; enter ICE (In Case of Emergency) contacts into your mobile phone.
- Install safety features in your home, including smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers.
- Learn to perform basic safety measures, such as first aid, CPR, use a fire extinguisher, and how to turn off/ water, gas, and electrical utilities.
- Keep enough supplies available to meet your needs for at least 3 days; assemble a disaster supplies kit with items you may need in case of an evacuation.
4. Practice Your Plans – to make sure they work, and be sure to update them as information changes:
- Ask questions to make sure your family remembers safe meeting locations, phone numbers, and other safety measures.
- Participate in annual statewide tornado drills with your family, school, and daycare.
- Test your smoke detector monthly and change the batteries at least once per year.
- Replace stored water and other supplies every 6 months…don’t “raid” your kit for every day needs.