Are you and your family prepared in case of an emergency? Find out below how you can get involved and be prepared!
Make a family communication plan:
- Templates can be found here and here
- Remember that the entire family may not be together at the time of an emergency
- Check with your child’s school and/or day care facility to find out what their emergency plan is. Where would kids go? Who could they be released to? Is the school prepared to keep students onsite for a set number of hours in an emergency?
- Consider unique needs of family members, such as being handicapped or elderly
- Consider identifying a friend or relative, who lives out of state, for each family member to contact during an emergency. This person could notify those who call them that the others are safe. Oftentimes in an emergency it is easier make a long-distance phone call than across town. This person also may not be affected by the emergency.
- Subscribe to an alert service that will notify you via text, email, or voicemail of emergencies.
- If you need to evacuate, where will you go and how will you get there? Plan driving routes and alternate routes.
- Make a plan for your pets. A lot of evacuation shelters will not accept pets, so determine ahead of time where you can go and where your pets can go.
- Remember to address both scenarios in an emergency plan: Shelter in Place or Get Away
- Choose several locations in different directions so you have options in an emergency
- Keep important contact phone number in your wallet, not just on your phone
Preparing through Service
- Getting involved in your community is very important for emergency preparedness
- Consider community service on National Day of Service & Remembrance: 9/11
- Get involved in the community and organize with neighbors.
- Follow this link to see local preparedness efforts in your community
- Sign up for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training
CERT training is designed to prepare you, your family and your neighborhood for any emergency. CERT Basic classes are held over a course of one weekend (Friday- Sunday) and are offered by the City of Rancho Cucamonga twice a year.
- Build a Kit: Building a kit is easy and doesn’t have to be expensive. They key is to personalize your kit based on your needs. Below are some guidelines for creating your kit:
- Water: One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation;
- Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food for all family members. This could include canned goods such as canned meats and beans, canned fruits and vegetables, or dry foods such as crackers;
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and extra batteries;
- Flashlight and extra batteries;
- First aid kit;
- Whistle to signal for help;
- Dust mask to filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to “shelter-in-place” if needed;
- Moist wipes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation;
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities in an emergency situation;
- A manual can opener for food;
- Local Maps;
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.
- Additionally, if you have small children, family members with special medical needs, or pets, you will need to be sure to account for their particular needs. This may include baby formula and diapers, medications, and pet food or other supplies.
- It might also be wise to have several emergency supply kits in places where you and your family spend a lot of time, for example at home, at work and in your car.
- Remember to check the expiration dates of supplies periodically
- Create a commuter plan, found here
- Download the FEMA app on your smartphone by searching in the App Store