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Emergency Plan Before the Disaster Hits

Emergency Plan Before the Disaster Hits

It’s worth the effort

Doug Hartline, RS

Deputy Emergency Management Director

It should be more evident than ever that every one of us has a responsibility to recognize we each have a role in preparing for the unexpected. Those who wait until a storm is threatening to buy food, water and supplies many times find empty shelves. Those who procrastinate with their emergency supplies and planning could ultimately find themselves needing to leave the comfort of their homes for lodging or sheltering elsewhere. That’s when we realize “there’s no place like home”.

As a quick assessment to where you stand with your preparedness, please take the time to read the questions below. If you are able to respond “yes” to all of them, you have safeguarded your family for the unexpected.

  • Do you have at least a weeks’ worth of food and water on hand for your household, including pets?
  • Do you have enough water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets? You may not have enough fore-notice to fill the bath tub.
  • Have you sat down together with your family and decided how you will get in contact with each other, and where you will meet if you get separated?
  • Have you pre-arranged for a place to stay (locally, regionally, and out of state) if you are asked to or need to leave your home? Hotels fill up quickly during large scale events.
  • Do you have travel bedding (sleeping bags, blankets, air mattresses) for all family members should your family need to vacate your dwelling and sleep elsewhere?
  • Do you have enough flashlights with spare batteries for all family members to last a week? Do NOT use candles!
  • Do you have cash on hand (small bills) because the ATM may not work?
  • Do you have enough prescription drugs, spare contact lenses, hearing aid batteries and personal items to last a week?
  • Do you have enough baby formula, food, diapers, and wipes to last a week?
  • Have you signed up to receive emergency updates by registering with CTAlert.gov? Those signed up automatically receive messages and directives from State and Town officials.

If you are prepared to be self-sufficient, then you and your family in most cases will be able to “ride out the storm” in the most comfortable place, your home. It’s worth the effort.

More detailed preparedness information can be found at www.ready.gov and www.fema.gov and if you’re interested in helping Redding out in such disasters you can learn about Redding CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) by calling me at 203-938-2559.

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