National Disaster Preparedness Month 2021
Step 1: GET ALERTS TO KNOW WHAT TO DO –Learn about and sign up for SoCoAlert for information from the county, and sign up for Nixle from your local fire and law agencies. You can also download the MyShake earthquake warning app at CalAlerts.
Step 2: MAKE A PLAN TO PROTECT YOUR PEOPLE:
- CONNECT & PROTECT-
Think about who you want to connect with during an emergency. These may be family, neighbors, friends or caregivers. Write down their names and contact information. Share copies with everyone on your list. Also pick one person outside the area where you live who won’t be affected by your local disaster. You and your contacts might be able to check in as safe with that faraway relative or friend and share where you are.
Contact your child’s school or daycare to find out their emergency procedures. Make sure you know their emergency plans so that you can be prepared to collect your student's safely.
- EVACUATION ACTION-
- If you are not safe at home, work or school due to a disaster, you will need to go to a safe place and meet up with people you care about. Before a disaster, print or get a paper map to keep in your car, since Google Maps may not be able to help.
- LOCAL DISASTER RESOURCE DIRECTORY-
- As part of your Connect & Protect plan, you should also write down important phone numbers and note websites and radio stations that provide up-to-date information in an emergency.
Step 3: PACK A GO BAG WITH THINGS YOU NEED: PACK AHEAD AND GRAB AND GO -Most disasters are unexpected and happen fast. You might not have time to shop, or even to pack. Pack up important items for each member of your household now, so you and your family will have what you need later. Consider keeping a go bag in your car or at work so that you have a few essentials when you evacuate.
Step 4: BUILD AN EMERGENCY BOX FOR WHEN YOU CAN'T LEAVE -In some disasters, you may be safer staying at home, but you might not have water to drink, to bathe, or to flush the toilet. You might not have electricity to keep your food cold, turn on a light, or charge your phone.
Pack an emergency box, for when you can’t leave home. Prepare for at least 3 days without water or electricity. Save up a little at a time, until you have enough for everyone in your household to get by. Remember any pets. If you already own a flashlight or a portable radio, keep them in a location that is easy to find and accessible to everyone.
Step 5: HELP FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS GET READY -Think about who might be the first on the scene to help in your neighborhood during a disaster as you think about your answers to these questions:
- Who is home in your household during the day?
- Who is at home in your neighborhood that might be available to help you during the day?
- What about at night or on the weekends?
- Who in your neighbor might need help?
So, protect the ones you love now and take steps to be prepared.
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