disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Each disaster has
lasting effects – people are seriously injured, some are killed, and
property damage runs into the billions of dollars.If a disaster occurs in our community, local government and
disaster-relief organizations will try to help you. But you need to be
ready as well. Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately,
or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere.The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act.
Being prepared and understanding what to do can reduce fear, anxiety and
losses that accompany disasters. Communities, families and individuals
should know what to do in a fire and where to seek shelter in a tornado.
They should be ready to evacuate their homes, take refuge in public
shelters and know how to care for their basic medical needs. Posting an
Emergency Preparedness Checklist where everyone in your family can see it
– on the refrigerator or bulletin board – is a good first step. For
additional information about how to prepare for hazards in your community,
contact your local emergency management or civil defense office and
American Red Cross chapter.
That Occur in Our Community…
- Civil Disorders
- Energy Emergencies
- Hazardous Materials
- Nuclear Attack Threat
- Tornado/Severe Storms
For more information, visit: the Federal
Emergency Management Agency or www.ready.gov.