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Emergency Preparedness

Have a plan in place with your family to stay safe in case of fire, natural disaster, severe weather, car trouble or winter weather emergency.

  • Create an emergency kit for your home and care, as well as a first-aid kit
  • Call 911 if you or someone you are with is injured

Severe Weather

Severe weather includes damaging thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, blizzards and other types of storms. Knowing what to do during severe weather can help keep you and your family stay safe. Follow these tips during severe weather:

  • Close windows and doors leading outside and stay away from them.
  • Gather family members and pets inside and travel only if necessary.
  • Listen to weather reports on the radio, TV or Internet. Heed safety warnings.

When a thunderstorm is occurring, do not sit or lean on concrete floors or walls. Avoid natural lightning rods, hilltops, fields, beaches or water. And if you're driving, exit the roadway and park.

If there are flood warnings, be prepared to evacuate to higher ground. Secure your home and turn off electrical appliances. Never walk through moving water, drive through flooded areas or park along water during flood conditions.

During blizzards, stay indoors and drive only if absolutely necessary. Let someone know your route and destination. Keep dry, dress warmly and wear waterproof boots.

Car Emergency Preparedness

Have a roadside emergency kit with a first aid kit in your vehicle. When traveling in cold weather, keep a blanket, candles and non-perishable food in your car.

Fire Safety and Preparedness

  • Teach your children about fire safety
  • Include at least one working smoke alarm (or one per level) in your home
  • Plan your escape to immediately leave the house
  • Have an arranged meeting place and once out, stay out
  • Keep matches, lighters and flammable materials away from children
  • Use the correct cooking equipment and appliances

Learn More Safety Tips:

Get information about being prepared for emergencies and creating emergency preparedness kits at Other helpful resources include the National Weather Service and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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