Are You Ready?

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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.


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