Emergency Preparedness

How to Stay Safe & What to Do When Disaster Threatens



Why Prepare for Disaster?


Fall and Winter can bring a range of weather challenges and potential dangers. Disaster can strike without warning, forcing you to go for days without basic necessities or to evacuate your home. Relief workers will be on the scene following a disaster, but may not be able to reach you immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days. This means you need to have your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. Learn how to assemble an emergency disaster kit.

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Having a plan is one of the most important steps you can take to prepare yourself and your family in case disaster strikes. Knowing what to do and how to do it can help your family manage disasters with less worry, fear and uncertainty. It may be necessary to evacuate your home for several days or longer. Don't forget about a plan for your pets. Click to print a home fire escape plan. [PDF]
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Dealing With Specific Disasters


Read through the following links to familiarize yourself with the variety of hazards and what to do. Even if some are not likely to be a danger in our area, you may encounter them during your travels.

Check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) new tongue in cheek campaign to promote emergency preparedness. If you are equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse then you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, or tornado.

  • Thunderstorms and Lighting
  • Floods and Flash Floods
  • Fires
  • Extreme Heat
  • Wildfires
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Drought
  • Hazardous Materials

Other Safety Information


Campus Fire Safety: Safety Tips for University Students and Parents
For Seniors By Seniors: Disaster Preparedness
Seniors: Fire Safety for Older Adults
Issues for the Fire Service Hoarding and Fire Safety [PDF]
Ready, Set, Go! Wildland Fire Action Guide [PDF]
Firewise Guide to Landscape and Construction
Fire Safety in Mobile Homes
Are You Ready - Or Not? Start Your Plan Here.
Home Fire Escape Plan [PDF]