March 15, 2019

Spring into Action Before a Disaster

Spring weather can be confusing. One day temperatures may be in the hypothermia range, while the next day the weather is sunny and warm. The uncertainty stands as a reminder that we cannot control our weather.

The County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) has some useful resources that can help you prepare to spring into action should you face severe inclement weather or any other emergency. The Community Preparedness Workbook, which is available in multiple languages is a great beginning tool.

Here are some questions to answer before a disaster, rather than during an event.

  • Do you have a place where family and friends will meet after an emergency, so all are accounted for?
  • How will you stay in contact with your network if communication is compromised?
  • Is your home in a floodplain or located near a dam?
  • What are the possible hazards in your area that you should prepare for?

It is important to talk with your family or household members and discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play. Working together to take the steps to prepare now helps you prepare to act quickly in an emergency.

More preparedness information and resources are available on the OEMHS website.