How can you be prepared when disaster strikes your community?
Create a Family Communication Plan and Emergency Supply Kit
- Be Informed – Learn what protective measures to take before, during, or after an emergency.
- Know the phone numbers of where each member of the family can be reached.
- Pick one person every member of the family must call during an emergency to check in, usually someone out of town.
- Know the different exit routes from your house.
- Pick a meeting spot outside your house if you had to get out quickly.
- Pick a meeting spot if an emergency happened and you couldn’t get home.
- Make a Plan-Prepare, plan and stay informed for emergencies
- Different ages of members
- Responsibilities for assisting others
- Locations frequented
- Dietary needs
- Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
- Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
- Cultural and religious considerations
- Pets or service animals: For more information – Pet Preparedness
Build a Kit for Emergencies
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist novelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Be aware of the different types of emergencies
- Earthquakes – Surviving a Earthquake requires planning in advance
- Extreme Heat – Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness
- Fire – Home Fire Safety Checklist
- Floods – Protecting your family before the storm and after
- Lightening – Thunder is a warning
- Pandemics – How to Plan for a Pandemic
- Technological & Accidental Hazards – Household Chemicals prevent injury
- Terrorist Hazards – Anthrax threat
- Tornadoes – Protecting you and your family when you see, during and after Tornado
- Winter – What you should know
Volunteers are needed from Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Hickman, and McCracken Counties
In the event of a bioterrorist attack or natural disaster, the Health Department will need a large number of volunteers to help support our efforts to restore the community to normalcy.
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