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In a disaster, local officials and emergency workers cannot reach everyone immediately. Therefore, help might not arrive for hours or even days.

You and your family need to be prepared ahead of time because you will not have time to shop during an emergency, or supplies might not be available. You should be prepared to take care of yourselves for at least 72 hours.

Taking the time to put together a disaster supplies kit now will help you and your family feel more secure knowing it is there in case of an emergency.

The following are ways in which you can prepare for an emergency:

Prepare For All Emergencies

  • Make copies of important personal/business documents and store them in a safe place.
  • Identify an out of state contact person so family and friends can communicate with you during an emergency.
  • Develop an emergency plan.
    • Plan for a meeting place if you cannot go home.
    • Discuss what children should do if at school. Coordinate with neighbors for pick-up if children who attend the same school and list them on school emergency form.
    • Assemble emergency supplies for 3-7 days, including prescription medicines, eyeglasses, First Aid Kit, battery operated radio & flashlight, food & water.
    • Learn how to locate and shut-off (if necessary) electricity, water and gas.
  • Organize your neighborhood!
    • Discuss Emergency Preparedness
    • Contact the Office of Emergency Services for assistance!

More Resources

Local Hazard Mitigation Plan ANNEXPDF icon [26-OCT-2005]

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