Please read the information and links on this page to be prepared for an emergency.
Federal agencies, like Ready.gov, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also are valuable resources for emergency preparedness. When you face a natural or man-made emergency, try to stay informed through radio, TV or the Internet. In some cases, however, cable, electric and cell phone service will be disabled, making communication nearly impossible. The National Safety Council recommends the following general precautions that apply to many disaster situations:
- Make sure to have a family communication plan in place; all members of the family should review and practice the plan
- Have all family members’ and other important phone numbers written down or memorized
- Have an emergency kit in your car and at least three days of food and water at home
- Be sure to store all important documents – birth certificates, insurance policies, etc. – in a fire-proof safe or safety deposit box
- Assign one family member the responsibility of learning first aid and CPR
- Know how to shut off utilities
Please click here to listen to “How to Cope With Emergencies”; the text to speech file is approximately 18 minutes.
Please click here for Part 1 voice reading of “How to Cope With Emergencies” and click here for Part 2. Each reading is approximately 11 minutes.
Please click on the following links to open documents to learn more about how to plan for unexpected emergencies:
- Cat and Dog emergency planning
- Electricity, Natural Gas and Water emergency planning
- Disaster Preparedness for the Blind and Visually Impaired
- Emergency Preparedness – Be Prepared!
- Evacuation Information
- How to Cope With Emergencies