Is your household prepared?
Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.
September is National Preparedness Month. National Preparedness Month is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters. A disaster isn’t always a large incident, it can be personal event as well. Home fire, a gas leak, pipe bursting, vehicle breaking down, medical emergency, lost child, and loss of power for long periods of time, just to name a few.
These things happen on a regular basis, they may not be a community disaster, but they can easily turn into a personal disaster. Is your household prepared? Answering these questions may help you get started:
• Does everyone know where the emergency shut off values are located in your home or business?
• Do you have a working fire extinguisher handy and does everyone know how to operate it?
• Does everyone have access to a phone, does it have a password?
• Does your child know what do if an adult is not able to help?
• Have you established a meeting location if you are separated or if your home isn’t safe to return to?
• Do you have extra must-have medications on hand?
• Do you have pets or large animals that you will need supplies and transportation for?
• Do you have back up power, extra heat source, extra water and non-perishable food for the household?
• If traveling or exploring, do you have a backup plan if your cell phone fails?
• Do you have a basic tool kit or survival supplies in your vehicle or hiking bag? Did you checked the weather before you leave?
• Do you know your child’s school emergency plans? Where they will go, how you will communicate with them?
• Do you have family in a nursing home? Do you know their emergency plan?
• Do know someone that needs assistance to evacuate? Do they have a plan?
• **Have you and your loved ones registered with the (Code Red) Emergency Notification System through the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office? If not this is the link. http://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/emergency-preparedness/.
Throughout the month of September Emergency Management will be posting preparedness information on http://www.regionalinfo-alert.org/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YCOEM to help you get started.
Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. Log into http://www.community.fema.gov/ and join the nation for National Preparedness Month.
It’s Too Late, When Told To Evacuate!