Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Each disaster has lasting effects, both to people and property. If a disaster should occur in Franklin County, local first responders and disaster-relief organizations will try to help. Unfortunately, these organizations may not be able to reach everyone quickly or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere. Therefore, you and your family need to be ready to take care of yourself until help does arrive. Being prepared and understanding what to do in the event of a catastrophic event can reduce fear and anxiety. Residents can diminish the potential impact of disasters by taking the appropriate measures and plan ahead.

Have a Plan

Have a PlanBecause disasters can occur anytime and anywhere without advanced notice, it is important to have a family emergency plan to ensure that all household members are safe.  Create a plan and include how you and your family will get in contact with each other, where to go to reconnect and what to do in the event of an emergency. 

Steps to Create Your Plan  

Build a Kit

Build a KitAfter an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water, and other supplies to last for several days. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Steps to Build Your Kit  

Stay Informed

Stay InformedLearn what types of disasters could affect Franklin County.  Know how you will receive emergency warnings, updates, and safety instructions. Take steps now to make sure you get the information you need when an emergency happens.

How to Stay Informed