Jackson County Emergency management

Preparedness


If the power goes out, are you prepared?  That is a simple but necessary question that we must all ask ourselves.  In the event of a power outage something as simple as having a flashlight, radio   and extra batteries available can make you and your family more comfortable during these times.

Jackson Countians face many weather related challenges throughout the year, from tornadoes, flooding, straight line winds, lightning and winter storms.  Every household should be prepared to face these challenges at any given time.

PLANNING FOR DISASTER:  “Be Aware, Be Prepared, Have a Plan!"

Be Aware:
• Know in advance your weather forecasts;
• Own a battery backup NOAA Weather Alert Radio and battery (or crank) operated AM/FM radio for local broadcasts
• Stay tuned to your local broadcasting stations;
• Discuss conditions with family member and know their location during times of known potentially threatening conditions.

Be Prepared:
• Discuss your plan with family members and neighbors;
• Review your plan periodically for necessary updates;
• Refresh you emergency kit(s);
• Drill: practice your plan with household members;
• If you own a generator, read and familiarize yourself with the owner’s safety manual before ever attempting to use it

Have a plan:
• UTILITES: Written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on);
• SHELTER: Identify safe locations within your residence and long term shelters within you community;
• CONTACTS: Written contact information should include; relatives, neighbors, utility companies, employers (employees) and local emergency contact telephone numbers.  Advise a contact (even an out of state contact is advised) of your plan;
• EVACUATE: Predetermine evacuation routes.  Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places . . ., a friend or relative's home in another town, a motel, or local shelter;
• Children: Make back up plans for children in case you (or they) can’t get home in an emergency;
• Vehicles: Maintain a half tank of fuel in vehicles.
Move vehicles from under trees during possible wind events.
Keep an “Emergency Go Kit” in the vehicle;
• Medications: prepare a list of all prescription drugs.               

Make a kit:
• First aid kit and essential medications; extra eyeglasses;
• Canned food and can opener;
• At least three gallons of water per person;
• Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags;
• Battery-powered (or crank) radio, flashlight, and extra batteries;
• Waterproof matches and candles;
• Local phone book and copies of insurance policies in sealed water proof bags;
• Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members;
• Extra set of car keys.


                                                  
 Winter Weather               Thunderstorms and Lightning                 Tornado

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