Disaster Preparedness

Before a Disaster:
  • Prepare to be self-sufficient for at least three days
  • Conduct practice drills so you and your family know the predetermined locations to meet in case you get separated
  • Choose an out of state friend or relative that separated family members can call to report their whereabouts and conditions
  • Learn first aid and CPR from your local Red Cross chapter or other community organizations
  • Learn how to shut off gas, water, and electricity in your home in case the lines are damaged
  • Make sure insurance coverage is up-to-date and reflects present property values
  • Compile an inventory of home contents. Take pictures or videos. Store in a safe place or send copies to a relative
  • Secure your water heater and major appliances, as well as tall, heavy furniture, hanging plants, picture frames, and mirrors
  • Help organize your neighborhood to be self-sufficient after a disaster
  • Participate in any Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training in your county