Why Prepare for Disaster?
Disaster can strike without warning, forcing you to go for days without basic necessities or to evacuate your home. Relief workers will be on scene following a disaster, but may not be able to reach you immediately.
You need to be prepared. Knowing the steps to take during a disaster-whether flooding, tornadoes, earthquakes or another crisis-can greatly reduce the danger and distress your family may face.
A Be Prepared tip will be published every month in The Eagle's View newsletter to help you and your family plan for a variety of emergency situations, persevere during them and recover afterwards.
Tip of the Month
Creating a Basic Emergency Plan
Having a plan is one of the most important steps you can take in disaster preparedness. Knowing what to do and how to do it can help your family manage disasters with less worry, fear and uncertainty.
- Decide what you and your family would do in each potential emergency situation.
- Draw a floor plan of your home showing escape routes.
- Choose a place away from your neighborhood where family members can meet in case you are separated and cannot return home due to a disaster.
- Identify a friend or relative who lives out of the area for family members to contact if you are separated.
- Post emergency numbers by every phone and teach children how and when to dial 911.
- Know how to shut off water, gas and electricity at the main switches in your home.
- Plan how to help elderly or disabled neighbors in a disaster.
- Check that your insurance policies are up to date and provide good coverage.
The city offers CERT training in October and has monthly training on how to be prepared on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall except for the month of December.