Emergency preparedness should be of concern to everyone. Several types of hazards may impact most communities during a lifetime. Americans also travel more than ever before; to areas impacted by hazards they may not be at risk of near their homes. Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.
Make A Plan
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. You should also be aware of emergency plans for places where your family spends time; work, school, etc.
Build A Kit
A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Remember to consider the four legged members of your household as well.
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 the supplies you need or shop for them.
In the face of disaster, Americans come together with courage, compassion and unity and ask, "How can I help?"
The formula for ensuring a safer community consists of volunteers, a trained and informed public and increased support of emergency response agencies during disasters. Major disasters can overwhelm first responder agencies, empowering individuals to lend support.
One way to get involved is with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The City of Eugene’s Emergency Management Program offers CERT training classes to train community members so they may support professional emergency first responders. Get involved before disaster strikes.
The Bay Area Cross - Sector Partners in Preparedness (BACSPP) and FEMA both provide more information about emergency preparedness on their websites.