Be Prepared

When disaster strikes, residents may be asked to evacuate their homes. Knowing which Designated Evacuation Zone you reside in ahead of time, will help you to quickly evacuate if orders for your zone are issued.

Additionally, depending on the emergency, the safest route out of your neighborhood may not be the typical route you would take, so it’s important to know all of the ways out of your neighborhood and take actions now to be ready in the event you have to leave your home. Please use the evacuation tools and resources on this site to help your family better prepare for evacuation. 

September is National Preparedness Month

Each week in September, the national awareness campaign will focus on a different aspect of preparedness for individuals, families and communities.

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Week 1 September 1-4: Make A Plan

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the Coronavirus.

 

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Week 2 September 5-11: Build A Kit

Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

 

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Week 3 September 12-18: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family.  Know the risk of disasters in your area. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards. Check your insurance coverage to make sure it is up-to-date.

 

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Week 4 September 19-25: Teach Youth About Preparedness

Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.