A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.
Join the Monroe County Emergency Management Division in remembering disasters of the past while helping our community prepare for disasters of the future. Disasters are not limited to one specific time or place. If you've seen the news recently, you know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like ours. We've seen tornado outbreaks, river floods, flash floods, historic earthquakes, and even power outages in U.S. cities affecting millions of people for days at a time.
Did You Know?
+ Only 57% of people report that they have readiness items set aside in their homes for use in disaster
+ Just 34% of people have readiness supplies in their car
+ Less than half of households have an Emergency Plan,
+ 42% of individuals report that they would need help during a disaster
Preparedness is Everyone's Responsibility
Police, fire and rescue may not always be able to reach you quickly, such as if trees and power lines are down or if they're overwhelmed by demand from an emergency. The most important step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care. Households, businesses and organizations should prepare in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities, electricity, or water, without access to a supermarket or local services or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue. Take action now to make sure your family, neighborhood and community are ready for emergencies and disasters of all types (click on the underlined links for more information):
1 Put together an Emergency Supply Kit
2 Make a Family Emergency Plan
3 Be prepared to help your neighbors, especially those who are Senior Citizens or those with Special Needs
4 Don't forget to include your Pets
5 Have a business? Every Business Should Have an Emergency Plan
The more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover!
Get Tech Ready!
The internet, such as online news sites and social media platforms, is the 3rd most popular way for Americans to gather emergency information and let their loved ones know they are safe. Oftentimes, the internet and text messaging have the ability to work even if electric and phone services are disrupted. Click on Get Tech Ready for tips on how to make the most of technology before, during and after a crisis!
Did You Know?
+ By signing up for direct deposit of your payroll or federal benefit checks, you are taking a significant step in protecting yourself against a disaster! Talk to your financial institution today or, for federal benefit recipients, visit Go Direct or call (800) 333-1795.
+ The safety of you and your family during an emergency may depend on decisions made within a few seconds. Creating a plan and talking about it ahead of time can make all the difference!
GET A KIT of Emergency Supplies
MAKE A PLAN For What You Will Do in an Emergency
BE INFORMED About What Might Happen
GET INVOLVED in Preparing Your Community
Preparing Makes Sense, Get Ready Now!
For more help on becoming prepared, click on the above image or call 1-800-BE-READY, TTY 1-800-462-7585