EMERGENCY AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

...BECAUSE there is no crystal ball to predict WHEN EMERGENCIES AND DISASTERS WILL STRIKE...

 Every year in the United States and around the world, people find themselves affected by catastrophes such as wildfire, floods, and hazardous materials spills. If disaster struck your neighborhood today, how well would you and your family fare?

Studies show that the more prepared people are for emergencies, the more quickly they get their lives back to normal afterward. Being prepared also reduces the fear, anxiety, and stress that accompanies a disaster. Fortunately, it only takes a little time and minimal cost for families to improve their ability to withstand the unexpected.

 

MAKE A PLAN

Take a moment to play the "What if?" game using any scenario you can imagine: What if my family had to evacuate because of a wildfire? What if we lose power for days because of a blizzard? What if we can't contact each other because phone systems are down?

How you answer these questions can help you create plans to deal with disasters and emergencies. Share your plans with family, friends, and neighbors so everyone knows what to do. Here are some online resources to get you started.  

Ready.gov - Links and checklists to create emergency plans for families, seniors, people with special needs, pets, and more.

READYColorado.comDownloadable/printable templates for family communication and household emergency plans.

 

PREPARE HOME AND VEHICLE EMERGENCY KITS

In a disaster, emergency responders, disaster relief workers, and utilities personnel may not be able to reach you or restore services right way. It's important to have sufficient water, food, and other supplies to last at least three days (72 hours). Check out these links to learn more about what you should have in your emergency kits.

Ready.gov - List of basic disaster supplies that should be in your kit.

READYColorado.com - Downloadable/printable content lists for a variety of emergency kits.

 

STAY INFORMED

We cannot emphasize this enough: You need to know what's going on, what to do, and where to go (or not go) at all times during a disaster or emergency. These kind of events change rapidly, and you need to stay on top of the latest information to keep you and your family safe.

  • Register to receive emergency alerts. Go to the El Paso-Teller County 911 Authority website (http://www.elpasoteller911.org/) and click on the "Emergency Notifications" button.
  • Monitor local TV and radio stations.
  • If you have a social media account such as Facebook or Twitter, use it to get updates from government agencies and news outlets.
  • Invest in a NOAA weather radio or download the NOAA Weather Radio app from the iTunes store. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Ready.gov

READYColorado.com

American Red Cross