Public Safety Education - Are You Prepared For An Emergency ?Presented as part of the Greeley Fire Department Public Education and Awareness series.
|Are You Prepared for an Emergency ?|
|Preparedness is everyone's job. Not just government agencies but all sectors of society - service providers, businesses, civic and volunteer groups, industry associations and neighborhood associations as well as every individual citizen - should plan ahead for disasters and other emergencies. During the first few hours or days following a disaster, essential services may not be available - people must be ready to act on their own.
How do I prepare myself and my family?
- Prepare a 72 Hour Emergency Kit
- Prepare an Emergency Water Source
- Prepare a Contact Network
- Meet with Neighbors
- Contact Your Local Emergency Management Office
|72 Hour Emergency Kit |
The 72 hour emergency kit should be individually tailored to meet the basic survival needs of your family for three days to one week. Most families prefer to store their emergency supplies in one location that is relatively safe, yet easily accessible if evacuation is required. Items may be stored in a 32-gallon trashcan, suitcase, duffel bag, footlocker or individual pack. Basic emergency needs include:
Emergency Water Supply
- Battery powered radio
- First aid kit and manual
- Sleeping bags and blankets (wool/thermal)
- Manual can opener
- Waterproof/windproof matches
- Non-perishable foods
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Water storage (1 gal/person/day)
- Water purification tablets
- Utility knife
- Emergency candles
- Extra eyeglasses/contacts
- Essential medications
- Extra clothing
- When assembling Emergency Supplies for the household, include items for pets.
- Extra food (The food should be dry and relatively unappealing to prevent overeating. Store the food in sturdy containers.)
- Kitty litter
- Large capacity self-feeder and water dispenser
- Extra medications
How to Store Water - Store your water in thoroughly washed plastic, glass, fiberglass or enamel-lined metal containers. Never use a container that has held toxic substances. Rotate water supply every 90 days.
Emergency Outdoor Water Sources. If you need to find water outside your home, you can use these sources.
- Streams, rivers & other moving bodies of water
- Ponds & lakes
- Natural springs
Be sure to purify the water by:
- Disinfection (household liquid bleach: 16 drops/gal. of water, stir & let stand 30 min.)
- Distillation (boil pot water & collect the vapor by tying a cup to the upside down pot lid - the cup shouldn't dangle in the water--it will condense back to water in the cup)
Establish an out of state 24-hour telephone contact
- Calls out will not overload phone lines as will calls into a disaster area
- All relatives should be informed now on procedures to call the phone contact, not after a disaster has occurred.
- Take color pictures of every room plus pictures of valuables. Send one copy of legal papers and one copy of photos to an out of state contact.
Plan How Your Family Will Stay in Contact if Separated by Disaster
Meet with Neighbors
- Pick two meeting places:
- a location a safe distance from your home in case of fire
- a place outside your neighborhood in case you can't return home
Plan how the neighborhood could work together after a disaster. Know you neighbors' skills (medical, technical). Consider how you could help neighbors who have special needs, such as elderly or disabled persons. Make plans for childcare in case parents can't get home.
Contact Your Local Emergency Management Office
- Find out which disasters are most likely to happen in your community.
- Ask how you would be warned.
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