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Be Prepared


Wildfires scorch dry hillsides and close in on homes.  Fierce winds rip off tree limbs and topple power lines. Floodwaters swamp neighborhoods.



In our area, Mother Nature can dish out all types of trouble. We need to be prepared for any kind of natural disaster. We should also be ready for the possibility (even if small) of a radiological or chemical emergency.

No matter what the emergency, we need to be ready to go at a moment’s notice. We’ve all heard the messages: Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed.  

But how many of us are really ready?  A recent survey found only 36 percent of people believed there was a high likelihood of a natural disaster to ever happen in their community.

Taking just a few steps now can make sure you and your family are ready when disaster strikes.


Get A Kit

You may be on your own immediately after an emergency.  You should plan to have enough food, water and other essential supplies for at least three days.
In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water and telephones may be cut off for a week or longer.
It's important to prepare now for an emergency.  Spend a few hours this weekend putting together your emergency supply kit.

Click here for a list of recommended items.

Make A Plan

Does your family know what to do when disaster strikes?  You may not all be at home, so it's important to plan now. 
Pick a meeting place, both in your neighborhood and outside it.  Discuss how you will find each other and how you will get back together.  Set up an out of town contact person.  Make sure everyone knows the number to call.
It's also good to know about emergency plans at your school or workplace.
Click here for an easy-to-use Family Emergency Planning Tool.

Be Informed

You have your emergency kit.  Your family knows where to go in an emergency.  It's also important to know about the potential threats we face in our community.
You can find more information about potential emergencies in our area here on our website.  We've included information about how the public will be informed in an emergency and what steps to take.
Preparing now may make all the difference when seconds count.
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