In every part of the country there seems to be some sort of naturally occurring disaster or potential for one. The time you take to prepare yourself and your family to the best of your ability will pay off when you need it the most. Choose an out-of-town contact that your family or household will call or e-mail to check in with should an emergency occur. Make sure you choose someone who lives far enough as to not be directly affected by the same event.
Make a list of your designated contact’s telephone numbers (home, work, cellular or pager) and e-mail addresses for everyone in the family or household, designated contact, workplace and your children’s school.
Limit telephone use and keep conversations short during an emergency to help free up lines for those that need help. Having a predetermined meeting place away from your home will save time and minimize confusion should your home be affected by an emergency, or if your neighbourhood or community is evacuated.
You may even want to make arrangements to stay with a family member or friend in case of an emergency. If you are asked to evacuate your home or to temporarily shelter in place inside your home for a period of time, prepare an emergency preparedness kit in an easy-to-carry container such as a duffel bag or small plastic trash can and store it in an easily accessible location, such as a closet shelf on the main floor.


Aim to have an emergency preparedness kit that will keep you and your family self-sufficient in your home for at least three days. Keep a list of all emergency and non-emergency numbers, including police, fire and paramedic services, your personal physician and hospitals. If you live in an apartment building or retirement residence, or attend a school or work, these institutions should have an emergency plan. You need to know if your children will be kept at school until you or a designated adult can pick them up, or whether they will be sent home on their own. Be sure that the school has updated information about how to reach parents and responsible caregivers to arrange for pick up.
Find out ahead of time what type of authorization the school requires to release a child to someone you trust should you not be able to collect your child yourself. Know the location of each exit stairwell on your floor, and identify them as primary (closest) and secondary exits. In case of a power outage, have extra drinking water stored, especially if you live on higher floors. On August 29, 2015 HERO will be hosting a variety of workshops and community classes designed to prepare and empower individuals, families and communities to survive emergency situations.


There is going to be food, games and classes for the children and a wealth resources for the adults! State Senator Bert Johnson will be in attendance to share information about State resources and legislative remedies to various community issues. Domestic Violence Advocate Glenda Cook will be presenting about escaping various Domestic Violence situations. Be sure to include arrangements for any pets in these plans, since pets are not permitted in shelters and some hotels will not accept them.
To locate the emergency services office closest to you, check the Red Pages in your phone book or call 3-1-1 (TTY 580-2401).
The form can be filled out on-line (most computers) or downloaded to be filled out by computer.



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