Everyone benefits from a safer community and home. Here are some ways to improve safety and create thriving neighborhoods:
Create a Family Communication Plan
Family members may or may not be together in one place when an emergency happens. Creating a family communication plan is the best way to prepare for how to contact and where to meet up with family members. This handout from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) is full of tips for preparing families for emergencies. It’s kid-friendly, too!
Make an Emergency Supply Kit
Everyone should have basic supplies on hand – like food, water, and first aid – to last for at least three days (72 hours) in the event of an emergency. This handout from FEMA provides a checklist of items to include in a basic emergency supply kit.
Connect with peers and learn more about the type of emergency situations could happen where you live at FEMA’s community website. Talk to community leaders to see what plans are in place to respond in the event of an emergency. Be sure to follow Hamilton County Public Health on social media @HamCoHealth. You may receive monthly preparedness tips from FEMA by texting PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA). Unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to 43362 (4FEMA).
Communities sometimes need volunteers to support emergency response plans. Find out how to join a network of volunteers to improve health and safety by visiting the Medical Reserve Corps website. For individuals in the Greater Cincinnati area, visit the Tri-State Medical Reserve Corp website.websites.