Emergency Preparedness

Disasters can happen anywhere and at any time. Make sure you and your family are ready.

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Emergency Preparedness Tips

  • Be Informed - Receiving advance warnings for severe weather, timely emergency alerts, and information during a disaster is critical to staying safe during an emergency. Every family should have multiple methods for receiving emergency alerts, including at least one with an audible alert to wake you in the middle of the night.
  • Make a Family Emergency Plan - It is critical that you create a family disaster plan to keep you and your family safe, protect your property, and build your community’s resilience. Develop a plan (PDF) with the members of your household to prepare for what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency. Be sure your plan addresses the special and/or medical needs for you and your family.
  • Build an Emergency Kit - Having an emergency supply kit is an essential component of personal and family preparedness Emergency kits should include essentials items that will help sustain you and your family for up to three days in the event you are isolated in your home without power during disaster. First, think about essential items you will need for basic survival:
    • Clean Air
    • Food
    • Medical Equipment
    • Necessary Medications
    • Warmth
    • Water

Additionally, utilities and basic services such as electricity / gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days or weeks. Your supply kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages. Make sure your emergency kit is customized to meet the unique needs of your family.

  • Get Involved - Build a more resilient community by getting involved and helping your community prepare for, respond to, and recover from the next disaster. There are many great opportunities to make important contributions including volunteering, donating, helping your neighbors, and being an active bystander.

Additional Resources

Additional resources can be found at the Department of Public Health website.