Attention Residents! September is National Preparedness Month!
Although it may be scary to think about, a large scale emergency is something that every household in Adair Village should prepare for. The City is working to create an Emergency Operations Plan, which helps guide the City’s response to any type of emergency, whether it be a large scale earthquake, a wildfire threatening the community, or an act of violence.
As the City works to prepare, we encourage the community to ready themselves and their families as well. Here are several recommendations for how you can work to prepare for an emergency:
Get a Kit: every household should work to create a kit of supplies that they will need to have during any emergency event. As the City works to establish shelter locations, and may provide other human services, we cannot guarantee that there will be enough supplies for everyone in the aftermath of a disaster. See the checklist below for Red Cross recommended supplies to include in your preparedness kit.
Make a Plan: talking about disasters with your family is very important. Any type of disaster can strike at any time, so it is important to discuss the different scenarios and circumstances that you may face, and what you will do. The following questions can help you and your household get the conversation started:
- What types of emergencies are we most likely to experience? What might these emergencies entail for our household specifically?
- How can we best contact one another if separated during an emergency event?
- Where are different meeting spots that we can meet in case we are separated without contact? (define several, based on different emergencies!)
- What are the best exit routes from our home in case of fire or another need to evacuate?
- Where are the safest locations in our home to seek shelter in case we cannot or should not leave?
- Are there any small children, elderly, disabled persons, or pets in our household that will require special help during an emergency event?
Be Informed: The City encourages all Adair Village residents to read over the Emergency Operations Plan, to learn about how the city organization, along with others, will respond to an emergency event in the City. Once approved, the plan will be posted on the City’s website. Any questions or comments from community members are welcome.
Being informed about which types of emergencies pose the biggest threat to Adair Village, planning how your family will respond to these emergencies to stay safe, and creating a kit of emergency supplies will not only help you and your family, but the entire community as well. Talking about emergency preparedness with friends and neighbors can help ensure that everyone is as ready as possible for when an emergency event happens in our community!
For more information about emergency preparedness, you are encouraged to visit the following websites:
American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/be-red-cross-ready
FEMA: https://www.ready.gov/ (disaster specific preparedness information)
Emergency Preparedness Kit Checklist:
|Check if in kit||Supplies:|
|Water – one gallon per person, per day: 3-day supply per person!
Food – items that are easy to make and won’t spoil: 3-day supply per person!
Manual can opener, utensils
|All critical medications: 7-day supply at a minimum!
Medical supplies like syringes, a walking cane, or hearing aids with extra batteries
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Sanitation, personal hygiene items
Contact lenses or glasses
|First aid kit: bandages, gauze, antibacterial creams, ice packs, burn supplies, tweezers, gloves
Multipurpose tool (that can act as a knife, file, pliers, and screwdriver)
Matches or lighter
Radio (battery-powered, solar, or hand-crank) for updates on the situation
Cell phone with chargers
Tarp, rope, duct tape
Maps of the area
Family/Emergency Contact Information
Extra set of car keys and house keys
Copies of important documents: insurance, immunization, and important medical documents
|Baby supplies: bottles, formula, baby food, wipes/diapers: 3-day supply recommended
Comfort items for children: toys, blanket, other
|3-day supply of food and water for each pet: A cat or a dog will generally need 1 gallon for three days.
Leash, harness, and/or carrier to transport pets safely
*For a more detailed list, visit the Red Cross or CDC websites. These sites also have stores to purchase certain supplies or entire kits.