Emergency Preparedness

What You Should Know About Emergency Preparedness

What you can do to be prepared

Natural Disasters

Events that may cause a disaster and create an emergency can occur without warning.  Earthquakes, floods, fire, hurricanes, thunderstorms, winter storms, tornadoes, volcanoes, landslides and tsunamis disrupt the lives of thousands of people each year.  If a natural disaster occurs in our area, local responders, public health and disaster relief organizations will try to help you.  However, they may not be able to reach you immediately.  You should know how to respond to severe weather or any disaster that can occur here.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers a free  helpful brochure, “Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness."   To order the document, call (800) 480-2520 or visit FEMA's web site.


Because terrorism comes in many forms it is important to be prepared. You can:

  • Learn about terrorism
  • Be alert to suspicious situations
  • Be prepared in case of an attack

There are generally four forms of terrorism:

  • Conventional, such as bombings
  • Chemical- Use of poison
  • Biological - Use of a virus or other organism to cause serious illness
  • Radiological - Use of radioactive materials to harm people.

Clues That May Signal A Bioterrorism Attack

  • Large numbers of ill persons with a similar disease or syndromes
  • An increase in unexplained disease or death
  • Disease with an unusual geographic or seasonal distribution
  • Illness that is unusual for a given population or age group. (e.g., outbreak of chickenpox-like rash in adults)
  • Many ill persons seeking treatment about the same time