Chief’s Corner: September is National Preparedness Month
Ryan Summerlin September 11, 2013
EDITOR’S NOTE: “Chief’s Corner” is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.
September is National Preparedness Month, and the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District would like to remind residents what to do to prepare for disasters and emergencies. We recently reviewed over the last few months the 3 key steps: 1) Make a plan, 2) Assemble a kit and 3) Stay informed.
Prior to a disaster, each family must have a plan. Discuss with your family what you would do if family members are not home when a warning is issued.
Additionally, your family plan should address the following: escape routes; evacuation plans, family communications, utility shut-off and safety, safety skills, special needs, care for pets and livestock.
For more information about making a household emergency plan, visit www.washoecounty.us/em/emergencyplan.html. To access an emergency plan template, visit www.ready.gov/make-a-plan.
You may need to survive on your own after a disaster. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately.
Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container. There are six basics you should stock in your home: water, food, 1st aid supplies, clothing/bedding/sanitation supplies, tools, special items.
Local emergency management officials will continually be updating the local media during the events of an emergency. Citizens should monitor local television stations and radio emergency alerts. Consider including a battery operated radio included in your evacuation kit.
Citizens can register for reverse telephone notification, called Code Red. To sign up, click on the “Regional Notification” link on the menu and follow the instructions.