Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It 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. Therefore, the best way to make your family and your home safer is to be prepared before disaster strikes. During a major disaster it helps if everyone can do their part by:
- Being informed on the hazards that exist in our region and how they can affect you personally.
- Knowing how to react when a disaster or emergency does occur.
- Having an evacuation and communications plan in place so everyone in your family knows what to do and where to go.
- Putting together disaster supplies to help sustain you until services are restored or help can be provided.
What you do now can help you and your family better respond to and recover from disaster, as well as contribute to the overall readiness of our region.
ARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY PREPARED???
** Be Prepared/ Safety Tips**
An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
A family preparedness guide from the Michigan State Police
Resources to prepare for natural and human caused disasters
Red Cross Family Preparedness site
Create your own disaster plan with the Red Cross
Food and water during emergencies
Disaster and terrorism resources from the Red Cross
The American Academy of Pediactrics
Disaster and terrorism resources for parents and teachers
Resources on Post Traumatic Stress in children
Special Needs and Concerns
Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs
Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities
Pet and Animal Safety
Animal safety from the Red Cross
Animal safety from FEMA