Where Will You or Your Family Be When a Disaster Strikes?
You could be anywhere – at work, at school or in the car. How will you find each other? Will you know if your children are safe?
Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning and can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services — water, gas, electricity or telephones — were cut off?
Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. You can cope with disaster by preparing in advance and by working with your family as a team.
Follow the steps listed below to be prepared.
1. Get informed
Watch the news or listen on a cordless radio for up-to-date information. Listen for evacuation information or possible shelter locations. Know whether it is safe to leave your house or not.
2. Make a plan
Discuss what types of disasters may occur and what your family should do in case one should occur and where you will meet. Don’t forget to include pets in your plans. Make sure everyone in the family has copies of your plan.
Pick non-perishable foods your family will eat that are easy to prepare. You will need to have 1 gallon per day, per person of drinking water. Include first aid supplies (don’t forget prescription medications), blankets, flashlights, batteries, cordless radio, and basic tools in your kit.
4. Get Involved
Medical Reserve Corps is a great way to help get involved. MRC is made up of both medical and non-medical volunteers. They are usually the first ones called in case of an emergency. You can also learn new skills, improve on current ones and help at community events with first aid. Contact us at mrc.yumacountyaz.gov.
Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility.