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Emergency preparedness: How to stay informed – Chief’s Corner

Mike Brown
Special to the Bonanza

Mike Brown

The last several weeks we've reviewed the first two of three steps in Emergency Preparedness, Make a Plan and Assemble a Kit. The last step is to Stay Informed.

Learn what disasters or emergencies may occur in your neighborhood. Washoe County plans for 13 different hazards.

These events can range from those affecting only you and your family, like a home fire or medical emergency, to those affecting your entire community, like an earthquake or flood.

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. It is a good idea to have a battery-operated radio included in your evacuation kit.

Citizens can register for reverse telephone notification, called Code Red. To sign up, go to: washoecounty.us/em/alert.html and follow the instructions.

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Know the difference between different weather alerts such as watches and warnings and what actions to take in each.

Know what actions to take to protect yourself during disasters that may occur in areas where you travel or have moved recently.

For example, if you travel to a place where earthquakes are common and you are not familiar with them, make sure you know what to do to protect yourself should one occur.

Next week we will focus on post incident or disaster recovery and what critical decisions that needs to be made after a disaster.

"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.