With the recent avalanche warnings issued over the holidays in the Crystal Bay and Third Creek areas, it is a good time to review emergency preparedness and evacuation steps. These steps are essentially the same for any type of emergency, during any time of the year.
Knowing that you are prepared for an emergency can help you and your family stay calm and act effectively. Working together, learning about risks, making an emergency kit, staying informed, knowing your evacuation plan are just some of the things you can do to prepare ahead of time.
Remember the best thing you can do to prepare for evacuation is to have your emergency plan and kit ready and stay informed. You will be notified of necessary actions as the incident escalates via Code Red.
Prior to a disaster, each family must have a plan. You can begin this process by gathering family members and making sure each person is well informed on potential hazards and community plans. Discuss with them what you would do if family members are not home when a warning is issued. Meet with household members. Discuss with children the dangers of fire, severe weather, avalanches, earthquakes, and other emergencies.
Assemble a Kit
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.
You could get help in hours, or it might take days. There are six key items you should have: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing/bedding, tools, and any special items. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container.
During the winter months, make sure you are stocked up on food, supplies, any special needs items for you and your family. Road and travel conditions can change quickly due to winter storms, which could impact your typical travel and errands routines.
Sign up for Code Red to receive emergency alerts via text, phone call and/or email.
Local emergency management officials will continually be updating the local media as well 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.
Should you need to evacuate, a key component is knowing how to evacuate safely and effectively. Successful community evacuation requires preparation. Elements of family emergency planning and preparation:
Helpful Contact Phone Numbers/Websites:
IN AN EMERGENCY, CALL 911