The most important element for a quicker, more efficient recovery of a community from a disaster is the preparedness of its citizens.
Can you answer the following questions?
Could you survive in your home, without leaving or receiving supplies, for at least three days?
Does everyone in your household know how to get out of the home and where to go if there is an emergency during the day? The middle of the night?
Would you know what to do if you were asked to “Shelter in Place” by a first responder?
Do you know where you would go if you were required to evacuate your home?
Do you know the location your children will be taken if their school is evacuated?
Do you have enough cash in your home to purchase the items you may need during a prolonged power outage during which there is no access to ATMs or Debit/Credit transactions?
How will your pets be cared for during an emergency?
Are you properly insured for all risks posed to your home and property?
Do you have a way to receive emergency alerts if television and cell phone service are not available?
An emergency is not the time to be trying to answer these questions for the first time. Access the following links and resources for ways you can be prepared. Remember: Be Prepared- Build a Kit - Stay Informed.
If you have questions about emergency preparedness or planning in your household, please contact us.