Be Prepared for an Emergency

Have a Plan:

Emergency situations can pop up at any time for a number of reasons:  Home Fire, Flood, Heat Wave, Landslide, Power Outage, Thunderstorms, Wildfires, and Winter Storms just to name a few.  To plan your evacuation, if needed, review Pine Mountain Evacuation Routes.

Why Make a Plan?

Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it's important to think about the following situations and plan just in case.  Consider the following questions when making a plan:

  • How will my family / household get emergency alerts and warnings?
  • How will my family / household get to safe locations for relevant emergencies?
  • How will my family / household get in touch if cell phone, internet or landline doesn't work?
  • How will I let loved ones know I'm safe?
  • How will family / household get to a meeting place after the emergency?

Things to Consider:

As you prepare, tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities.  Most or all individuals have both specific personal needs as well as resources to assist others.  You and your household and others you help or rely on for assistance, should work together.

As part of tailoring your plans, consider working with others to create networks of neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers who will assist each other in an emergency.

Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care for children, pets, seniors or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment.  Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.

Factors to Keep in Mind:

Household / Individuals should consider and customize their plans for individual needs and responsibilities based on the methods of communication, types of shelter and methods of transportation available to them.  Other factors to keep in mind include:

  • different ages of members
  • responsibilities for assisting others
  • locations frequented
  • dietary needs
  • medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • pets or service animals

Build a Kit

A disaster supply kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency.  You may have to evacuate at a moment's notice and take essentials with you.  You will probably not have time to search for supplies you need or shop for them.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency.  This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours.  Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately.  It could take hours or even days.

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week or longer.  Your supply kit should contain items to help you manage  during these outages.