What You Need to Know When Preparing for an Emergency
The goal of the Village Police Department is to help you plan and respond to emergency situations. Planning for any emergency requires considering all likely scenarios. Although Colorado does not experience disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, as residents you could experience winter storms, thunderstorms, tornadoes or even power outages for which you should be prepared. Electricity, water, heat, air conditioning, telephone service and transportation could be disrupted or lost for a considerable amount of time.
Emergency preparedness means having enough food, water, medications and other essentials on hand to last your family for three to five days for weather-related events. If you are required to evacuate your home, carry a winter survival kit in your vehicle. Suitable items include:
- Jumper cables
- Road salt or kitty litter
- Flares or reflective triangles
- Local road maps
- High-calorie food like granola bars and cans of juice
Create a Family Emergency Plan
- Meet with household members to discuss the dangers of fire, severe weather, earthquakes and other emergencies. Explain how to respond to each.
- Find the safe areas in your home for each disaster.
- Draw a floor plan of your home and mark two escape routes from each room.
- Show family members how to turn off the water, gas and electricity at main switches when necessary.
- Post emergency telephone numbers near telephones.
- Teach children how and when to call 911, police and fire.
- Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information.
- Pick one out-of-state and one local friend or relative for family members to call if separated during a disaster (it is often easier to call out-of-state than within the affected area).
- Work with family members about the steps needed to be ready if a disaster happens.
Prepare an Emergency Supplies Kit
Assemble supplies you might need in an evacuation. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container such as a backpack or duffel bag. There are several basics supplies you should stock when preparing for an emergency. The following information provides suggestions for emergency preparedness in your home, neighborhood, school, workplace, places of worship and public areas. For each situation, it is important to develop a household emergency preparedness plan that includes:
- An emergency preparedness kit.
- An escape plan that includes at least two emergency meeting places; one location outside your home or building in case of a sudden emergency, such as fire and a second location outside your neighborhood in case you can not return to your home, office or building.
- An emergency communications plan. Choose an out-of-town person to be your contact point for family members to call if you are separated. Make sure everyone has contact information including phone numbers and e-mail addresses.