Author: EMD Admin/Tuesday, October 3, 2017/Categories: Children, Earthquakes, Evacuations, Fire, Flood, Health, Pets, Utilities, Weather
There are a number of reasons people give for not being prepared. Oftentimes its because people think preparing for disasters is just too big of a task or too expensive. The truth is that being prepared is easier than you think.
Most people already have the basics for their emergency kit – it’s just that the basics are spread about the house. A flashlight in the junk drawer, an old back pack or empty bin in the garage, a battery-powered radio the kids play with… We’ve compiled a pretty detailed list of items to include in your kit here. Every family is going to be different so consider everyone in your home and make sure your kit has enough of the right supplies for your family. Don’t forget about your furry family members too (they need water and food too!).
Putting together a kit will likely get you thinking about what you need to prepare for. The county’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) is a good place to see the types of disasters commonly occurring in the area. Consider the hazards you might face at your home, your office and the places you visit to decide what you might need. Your plan should be more than just having an emergency kit. What will you take if you need to evacuate? Where is your family meeting place? How will you let family and friends know you are safe after a disaster?
Staying informed will help you know what’s going on and determine how best to respond to various emergencies. The County of Riverside uses a handful of tools to communicate with the public during emergencies. One such communication tool is Alert RivCo. Alert RivCo is the tool that public safety agencies use to let the community know of emergencies in your area. Alerts will typically tell you what is happening and what you should do. Monitoring @RivCoReady on Twitter will help you stay informed on current events and general preparedness. The “Active Events” page on RivCoReady.org will help you see the big picture when something major is happening.
During major disasters, professional responders will be overwhelmed. Taking a little time in advance of a disaster will help you respond better, and help you return to normal faster afterwards.
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