Many people are concerned about the possibility of a public health emergency such as a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or disease outbreak. You can take steps now to help you prepare for an emergency and cope if an emergency happens. To help you prepare, we’ve provided step-by-step actions you can take beforehand to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Step 1: Get a Kit
If a disaster strikes in your community, you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for several days. You may think that you will have enough time to run to the store, but stores quickly sell out of important supplies following emergency warnings. Preparing emergency kits for your family is an important step in keeping them safe and healthy during a disaster. Click here to start building your kit today.
Step 2: Make a Plan
Have a plan that includes ways to connect with loved ones, ways to shelter in place, and ways to evacuate.
Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Don’t rely solely on phone lines as they may be down due to the event. Put together a communication plan for each family member and be sure they always have it with them.
Click here to learn what you can do to shelter in place.
Click here to learn what you can do should you need to evacuate.
Step 3: Be Informed
Gathering information is crucial in emergency situations. There are many ways that authorities share emergency warnings, updates, and safety instructions. Take steps now to make sure you’ll get the information you need when an emergency happens. Check with your local health department or emergency management agency to see how they share emergency information. Click here for information on how to stay informed.
Disaster Clean Up
If you are affected by a disaster, there are precautions you should take during the clean up process. The documents below contain clean up information to keep you healthy.