What is an emergency?
An emergency is an unforeseen occurrence; pressing necessity.
Most of us think of emergencies as motor vehicle accidents, fires or medical emergencies - but emergencies can also include severe storms, natural disasters or terrorist attacks.
An emergency can strike anytime, anywhere!
Being aware of this is the first step to preparedness.
Knowing you are prepared for many kinds of emergencies can help you act safely and effectively while keeping yourself and your family calm. Having an emergency plan in place will help you cope and help your family stay safe.
Emergencies can be short lived or simple - such as interruption of electricity, water and sewer services or more long term and complex - such as weather related natural disasters, fires or terrorism.
Also remember that emergency don't always happen when we are at home - they can happen when we are at work, school or traveling - be prepared for these situations too
Based on where you live - you can evaluate the risks specific to your area - such as flooding in a low lying area.
Each of us will have a different emergency plan - based on the scope of family needs. Such as infants and young children; elderly people; disabled family members.
Being Prepared in Delaware County
You might think that Delaware County is not exposed to very many natural disasters - but the truth is, as many of you are all too well aware, the residents in Delaware County can suddenly find themselves in the middle of a disaster.
Getting started with an emergency plan:
Consider each person your plan will cover:
Pets are not normally allowed in public shelters
Plan in advance where you can take your pet in the case of evacuation.
Don't forget pet medication, food and water
Always keep enough food and water for at least three (3) days.
In the event of an evacuation - you may need access to cash. Remember that some emergencies will force banks to close and put ATM's out of order. Keep some money with your emergency kit.
Decide which medical, financial or other personal documents you would need on hand in an emergency - keep them or at least a copy of them in your emergency kit in a water proof container or keep them away from home, like in a safe deposit box. Be sure that trusted family members know where these items can be found
As stated earlier - emergencies can occur when your family is apart, creating a communications plan can help you contact each other:
Choose two meeting locations: