It’s Never Too Late to Develop Your Emergency Plan
Each September, Americans are encourages to work together to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. National Preparedness Month focuses on developing emergency plans.
It is not too late to develop your emergency plan- check out the "Be Prepared" topics for resources
FEMA.gov for more information.
FEMA encourages Americans to Resolve to be Ready
The emphasis of this year's Ready campaign includes integrating technology into individual's, families' and businesses' preparedness plans. Research has shown that nearly 55 percent of mobile phone owners in the United States own smartphones. As a simple resolution, Ready is asking all smartphone owners to turn the technology in their purses and pockets into a life-saving tool during and after an emergency or disaster.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Ready.gov contains information and instruction on how you to develop an emergency action plan; how to integrate technology into your emergency plans; and how to develop emergency action plan kits just to name a few in conjunction with the information listed below.
Emergency Supply Kit
An Emergency Supply Kit is a vital part of emergency preparedness.
You may have to survive after an emergency on your own. When a disaster happens, basic services such as electricity, gas water, sewage treatment may be unavailable for days, a week, or even longer. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they may not be able to reach everybody immediately. It is important to have essential supplies to last you for at least three days.
To learn how to create an emergency supply kit please click here
Print an emergency supply kit checklist:
Utility Shut Off
If a disaster strikes, you may be instructed to shut off your utilities.
Make sure all members of your family/household know how to shut off the utilities in the event of a disaster. Follow these guidelines to help you prepare.
In the event of a disaster, you may be instructed to shut off your utilities.
Water quickly becomes a precious resource following many disasters. It is vital that all household members learn how to shut off the water at the main house valve.
- Cracked lines may pollute the water supply to your house. It is wise to shut off your water until you hear from authorities that it is safe for drinking.
- The effects of gravity may drain the water in your hot water heater and toilet tanks unless you trap it in your house by shutting off the main house valve (not the street valve in the cement box at the curb—this valve is extremely difficult to turn and requires a special tool).
Preparing to Shut Off Water
- Locate the shut-off valve for the water line that enters your house.
- Make sure this valve can be completely shut off. Your valve may be rusted open, or it may only partially close. Replace it if necessary.
- Label this valve with a tag for easy identification, and make sure all household members know where it is located.
To learn more about utility shut-off, please view the different tabs on this website.