Preparing for a Disaster

Emergency ChecklistDepending on the circumstances of the event, the first important decision is whether you stay put or get away. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Use common sense and available information, including what you are learning here, to determine if there is an immediate danger.

Local authorities may or may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. You should monitor TV or radio news reports for information or official instructions as they become available. If you're specifically told to evacuate or seek medical treatment, do so immediately. Contact your business or school to determine the status of the work/school day.

Preparedness is one of the most important aspects of emergency management. By planning and preparing for hazards, you and your family will respond better to disasters, as well as contribute to the overall readiness of our City.

Family Preparedness

When disaster hits, you need to be ready. The following links will assist you with making plans and building disaster kits:

Businesses Preparedness

Businesses are an important part of our community. Prepared businesses can lessen the impact of a disaster on the local economy. Staying in business after a disaster will be key to making a full recovery after a disaster. Below are several websites that will assist you in planning your business for disaster:

Schools, Houses of Worship & Community Groups

Having an emergency plan with warning procedures is just as important for schools, houses of worship, and places of community as it is for our homes and businesses. We encourage these types of gathering places to create and review emergency plans and hold drills to test them. We also encourage the creation of disaster emergency kits. Below are some resources for assistance: