Disasters Don't Prepare, But You Can
Living in Orange County, disaster preparedness is something we hear about frequently. Whether at home, work, travelling, or in school, the unexpected can occur anytime. Many resources are available to increase awareness and encourage readiness should the unexpected occur. Below are some tips to consider and web-sites that provide valuable information.
Tips for Disaster Preparedness
- Create a disaster and evacuation plan for your household. Remember to include a way for your family members to contact one another, including a meet-ing spot near your home and outside your neighborhood.
- Get to know your neighbors and learn how to help them. In a disaster, emergency responders may not be able to immediately reach you or your neighbors. Consider creating a neighborhood plan.
- Make sure your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance covers you from disasters such as earthquakes and floods. Having good insurance cover-age will help you recover more easily following a disaster.
- Speak to your employer about creating a disaster workplace plan, workforce communication, and/or business continuity plan. If a plan is already in place, make sure you and your co-workers are familiar with it and know how to use it.
- Volunteer with an emergency response or community service organization involved in disaster education and preparation. West Orange County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is the local team in the Cypress area. This group is comprised of volunteers trained to assist emergency responders during disasters. Training is free and is offered at various times throughout the year. For more information, visit www.WestCountyCERT.com.
Helpful Websites to Help You Prepare
www.readyoc.org – Dedicated to Orange County emergency preparedness and describes the top five disasters most likely to affect Orange County, along with preparedness steps to take now.
www.myhazards.caloes.ca.gov – Know the hazards that may affect you at home, work, or school.
www.ready.gov/build-a-kit – Assemble an emergency kit for your home. In a disaster, you may have to rely on sup-plies in your emergency kit for multiple days. Remember to include supplies for pets and anyone in your home with special needs.