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Emergency Preparedness




In the event of a disaster or emergency, such as a hurricane or flooding, the Gadsden County Health Department recommends that all families create a disaster or emergency plan. The following can be used to assist in developing a family emergency plan.


bullet graphic  Identify potential threats in your community, such as the location of flood prone areas, power plants and hazardous chemicals.
bullet graphic  Discuss how natural and man-made threats could affect your family.
bullet graphic  Evaluate your propertys vulnerability to hazards, such as storm surge, flooding and wildfires.
bullet graphic  Check your insurance coverage.


bullet graphic  Identify the safest areas of your home for each threat. In many circumstances, the safest area may not be your home but elsewhere in your community. During times of evacuation, you will be given instructions on evacuation routes.
bullet graphic  Specify escape routes from your home and places to meet (rally points), such as a neighbors home, a school or a public location.
bullet graphic  Make a plan for evacuating the area if required.
bullet graphic  Designate an out-of-area contactfriend or family memberso that each of your
immediate family members has the same single point of contact. Plan to have at least two means of communication, (e.g., e-mail, phone and cell phone).
bullet graphic  Make a plan for your pets should you need to evacuate. Most shelters will accept service animals.
bullet graphic  Have your family emergency information accessible, including important family documents such as prescriptions and insurance information.
bullet graphic  Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911. Make sure any cell phones are fully charged.
bullet graphic  Assemble and maintain a disaster supply kit. A battery-powered weather radio equipped with a special alarm tone feature is a vital tool. During an emergency, National Weather Service forecasters will interrupt routine weather radio programming and send out the special tone that activates weather radios in the listening area.


bullet graphic  When a disaster occurs, listen to news sources for information and instructions.
bullet graphic  Evacuate or seek medical attention quickly if instructed by authorities. If you can not obtain information, determine as best you can if you are in a danger area.
bullet graphic  Whether you stay or evacuate, dont panic. Follow your family plan.



For useful preparedness ideas please see the below website links for assisting in making a family plan.