Emergency Preparedness

EMA logoThe primary mission of emergency service providers and public safety departments is to save and protect lives, property and the environment. Accomplishing this mission requires a cooperative effort between public safety departments, the media and you as an individual. Your cooperation and personal preparedness are critical in helping us protect you and your family.

There are several things you can do to be better prepared for an emergency. Remember that it may be some time before emergency responders can reach you, depending on the type and scale of the natural or technological emergency, or combination of emergencies occurring. You can be better prepared by doing the following:

Prepare an “Emergency Supply Kit” for your home to include a battery-powered tone alerting NOAA weather radio and AM/FM portable radio, flashlight, extra batteries, canned and ready-to-eat food, matches, non-electric can opener, first aid supplies (including essential medications) and bottled water.

You should stock enough supplies to ensure that every member of your family, including your pet(s), has enough supplies for a minimum of 72 hours.

Participate in community and family emergency preparedness planning by learning CPR, first aid, lifesaving techniques, and taking time to develop a family emergency plan.

Establish “buddy systems” to assist elderly, handicapped, or individuals with special needs to assure they are safe or get help. For more information on preparedness kits please visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website.

How Will You Be Informed During An Emergency:

Prior to, during and after an emergency, you may be notified by any of the following methods:

Local Broadcast Media (Television, Radio) Announcements
Reverse 911 Telephone System
Emergency Vehicle Public Address System
Outdoor Warning Sirens
Door-to-Door Notification by Emergency Services
Tone Alert and Tone Alerting NOAA Weather Radios

What Should You Do In An Emergency:

Stay calm

Go or stay indoors and tune to local radio and television stations to receive emergency information.

The Emergency Alert System (EAS) has been created to provide essential emergency information.  Local broadcast media participate in the EAS and are dedicated to helping protect you.

You may be alerted to an problem that may or may not pose an immediate danger to the community.  You will be advised if there is a potential for escalation into a more serious situation.  If you are informed of a potential problem, you should wait until you are advised as to what action to take.

Instructions will be given as soon as official information is available, messages will be repeated as necissary.

Limit use of your telephone to personal emergencies – Do Not Call 911 – for emergency information.  Unnecessary use of telephones may interfere with the delivery of emergency services to those that have real emergencies.


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