This week's theme for National Preparedness Month is "Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters." If a natural or manmade disaster happens near you, does everyone in your home know what to do, where to go, and who to call? Chances are, you won't all be together when disaster strikes so it's important to have a plan in place. If you are not sure where to start, don't worry! We are here to help.
Five things you can do to prepare for a disaster
- Know your risk. Learn what types of natural or manmade disasters are likely to happen where you live? Here in Colorado Springs, common natural hazards are:
- Sign-up for Emergency Alerts from El Paso/Teller 911. These local alerts inform you about situations such as man-made disasters, hazardous materials incidents, missing persons, crime, or neighborhood/business evacuation notifications. You can sign-up for up to five locations (for example: your home, work, school) and choose to receive them by phone call, text, or email. You must sign up in order to receive these alerts.
- Make an emergency plan. Don't forget to consider things like the locations frequented (home, work, school, extra curricular activities, etc), Medical needs, and Pets and service animals
- Build a kit. A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
- Have an evacuation plan. In some cases you may have a day or two to prepare for an evacuation. In other cases you may have to leave immediately. Planning ahead is vital to ensuring that you can evacuate quickly and safely, no matter what the circumstances.