Steps to be prepared for potential disasters are:
- Be familiar with your area (know your surroundings)
- Learn about potential hazards and ways to protective yourself against a disaster before it occurs.
- Pay attention to social media and phone applications and purchase a NOAA Weather Radio to be alerted swiftly about disasters nearby.
2. Prioritize needs
- Decided on important items to take with you during relocation. (documents, medicine, special equipment, etc.)
- Build a kit (http://www.ready.gov/kit)
- Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
- Battery- powered radio
- First aid kit
- Flash light and extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Pet supplies
- Dust mask, trash liners, and sanitation wipes
- Phone charger
- Local map
- Current photos of family members (including pets) in case they get lost
3. Pay attention to alert warning notifications
- Warning Sirens
- Radio Alerts
- News Reports
- Mobile Announcements
4. Establish emergency contacts
- Establish meeting or relocating points
- Educate and Train
5. Disability and Pet Preparation
- Gather important supplies such as, medicine, equipment, and food supplies.
6. Participate in Free preparedness training courses in your area.
7. Volunteer to help others in disaster training.
- Become a part of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
- Volunteer with the Salvation Army and Red Cross
Disasters are always occurring in the world that we live in. There is constant media coverage of multiple tragedies shown daily to viewers globally. Though emergencies will always happen there are ways to eliminate or reduce the danger of disasters in your area.
Before a disaster strikes, it is always beneficial to establish an emergency plan. For situations when you are separated from family, establishing plans ahead of time to relocate to proper emergency locations and using emergency contacts are very helpful in making sure your household is prepared and out of harms way.
- Know your surroundings
- Be aware of emergency services such as, fire, police, and hospitals in case of an emergency
- Learn about common hazards and decide on preventative measures.
- Join the city’s social media sites for updates about your local area’s condition. (Links to City of Carrollton’s Facebook and twitter accounts)
- Listen to Carrollton’s radio stations to stay informed on news near you.
- Understand the Emergency Alert Notifications in your area
- Listen for Warning Sirens and On foot Emergency warnings from Firefighters or Police Officers
- Prioritize needs
- Figure out what documents and information to take during relocation
- Decide on what to do about pets and elderly family members
- Establish emergency contact numbers and meeting or relocating locations (Pay attention to City evacuation routes)
- Have plans for alternate/secondary shelter
- Educate and Train
- Participate in free preparedness training courses in your area.
- Volunteer to help others in disaster training
- Family Preparedness
- Create Family Emergency Plan (http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/FamEmePlan_2013.pdf)
Familiarize family members of emergency hazards in area
- Establish emergency kits for each family member
- Obtain vital medication, documents and foods
- Pet Preparedness
- Build an Animal Emergency Supply Kit
- Maintain an Animal care buddy system
- Establish pet shelter alternatives (http://www.ready.gov/caring-animals)