Guide to Emergency Preparedness

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Household Emergency Preparedness Plan

 It is important to develop a household emergency preparedness plan that includes: 

  • An emergency preparedness kit 
  • An escape plan that includes at least two emergency meeting places 
    • One should be right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency such as a fire. 
    • Another meeting place should be outside your neighborhood in the event you cannot return home.
  • An emergency communications plan 
    • Choose an out-of-town person to be your contact point for family members to call in case you are separated.
  • Know the information about school and workplace emergency plans

Why Do I Need to Plan for Emergencies?

Emergency events can occur quickly and without warning. Planning for an emergency requires considering all likely scenarios.

During an emergency electricity, water, heat, air conditioning, telephone service, and transportation could be disrupted or lost for a considerable amount of time.

Most emergency planners suggest having enough food, water, medications, and other essentials on hand to last your family for three to five days for emergency events. For some emergencies, you may have to evacuate your home or community.