Emergency Preparedness

Preparing for Emergencies

Take action now to protect your home, family, or business before something unexpected happens.

Build Your Emergency Toolkit

  • Keep emergency numbers for police and fire departments near your house phone, and program them into your cell phone.
  • Ensure that children know how to make a call to 911, and under what circumstances they should do so.
  • Develop an emergency exit plan for your home in case of a fire. Practice the plan to make sure everyone can escape quickly and safely.
  • Build your emergency toolkit. Have everything you might need in one easily-accessible spot:
    • Charged cell phone
    • Flashlight(s)
    • Additional batteries
    • Battery-powered radio or TV
    • Battery-operated alarm clock
    • Bottled water & nonperishable food
    • Hand-operated can openers
    • First aid kit. Check out the American Red Cross "Anatomy of a First Aid Kit" for ideas.
    • An emergency preparedness kit. The American Red Cross provides a comprehensive list of what to include in a basic kit, like important personal documents, medications, extra cash, and more.

Gas Generators

When the power goes out, portable gas generators provide back-up electricity.Take steps to stay safe when you need to use it.

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