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Be Prepared for Emergencies

Has your family made a plan in the event of an emergency or disaster? How about your neighborhood? The City's first responders and emergency operations center will activate but what if we are unable to get to you in a timely manner? The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says our neighbors are most likely to be the “first responders” within the first 24 hours following a major incident. So, not only should you make a plan for your household, we strongly encourage making plans with your neighbors also.

Below are helpful steps to create an emergency preparedness plan:

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.
-How will you receive emergency alerts and warnings?
-What is your shelter plan?
-What is your evacuation route?
-What is your family/household communication plan?
Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household.
Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan.
Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household. Do not forget to include kids!

For more information, please visit www.ready.gov/plan and www.rivcoready.org/.

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