Emergency Preparedness

Find Out What Could Happen
Contact your municipal emergency management agency. Be prepared to take notes:
  • Ask what types of disasters are most likely to happen. Request information on how to prepare for each.
  • Learn about your community’s warning signals, what they sound like and what you should do when you hear them.
  • Ask about animal care after a disaster. Animals may not be allowed inside emergency shelters due to health regulations.
  • Find out how to help elderly or disabled persons, if needed.
  • Next, find out about the disaster plans at your workplace, your children’s school, or daycare center and other places where your family spends time.

If Disaster Strikes
  • Remain calm and patient. Put your plan into action.
  • Check for injuries. Give first aid and get help for seriously injured people.
  • Listen to your battery-powered radio for news and instructions.
  • Evacuate, if advised to do so. Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
  • Check for damage in your home. Use flashlights. Do not light matches or turn on electrical switches, if you suspect damage.
  • Check for fires, fire hazards and other household hazards.
  • Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside quickly.
  • Shut off any other damaged utilities.
  • Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline and other flammable liquids immediately.
  • Remember to:
    • Confine or secure your pets.
    • Call your family contact - do not use the telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
    • Check on your neighbors, especially elderly or disabled persons.
    • Make sure you have an adequate water supply in case service is cut off.
    • Stay away from downed power lines.