Emergency preparedness for natural disasters and acts of terrorism is everyone’s responsibility. There are a few simple steps each person can take to be better prepared. These steps include obtaining an emergency kit, making an emergency plan, and staying informed.
- Emergency Supplies Kit
Emergency supplies for at least three days (ideally for seven days) should be kept on-hand and stored in an easily accessible area. The supplies should be stored in a carry bag or plastic container. Your kit should include: one gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, manual can opener, blankets, clothing, battery-operated radio, flashlight, extra batteries, a first aid kit, and any special needs equipment (e.g. eyeglasses, denture supplies, hearing aid batteries, etc.). Prescription medications should be kept together in a safe place. A list of the medications with dosages should be included in the kit. Also, keep copies of important documents or records with your kit. These documents may include: wills; insurance or Medicare cards; contracts; deeds; stocks and bonds; passports; social security cards; birth, marriage, and death certificates; bank and credit card account numbers; and immunization records. Store these documents in a waterproof container.
- Emergency Plan
Prepare an emergency plan so you will have a predetermined course of action for yourself and your family. Create an emergency contact list, including family or friends who live outside your immediate area or out-of-state. Often it is easier to place long distance phone calls rather than local calls following a disaster. Keep the list near your telephone. Transportation needs should be established. Determine alternate means of transportation, in case the primary method is not available.
- Stay Informed
Probably one of the most important things you can do during a disaster is to stay calm and stay informed. Stay tuned to your television or radio for important emergency alert system (EAS) messages and other related information. These messages may include weather watches, warnings, sheltering instructions, or evacuation information. If possible, obtain a National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio. This special radio provides weather updates 24 hours a day. In addition, it advises of severe weather and alerts the public about hazards, disasters, and emergencies. Some weather radios have the capability to emit a tone alarm signal to warn listeners of severe weather announcements.
Please contact the York County Office of Emergency Management at (717) 840-2990 for additional emergency preparedness information. For more preparedness information, visit our website: www.ready-york.org.