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. Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do in the event of a fire and where to seek shelter during a tornado. They should be ready to evacuate their homes and take refuge in public shelters and know how to care for their basic needs.
Individuals, families, and communities should know how to respond to severe weather or any disaster that could occur in Franklin County such as tornadoes and flooding. It is vital that residents and their families should be able to be self-sufficient for at least three days, five, if possible. This includes having the means to provide your own shelter and warmth, first aid, emergency food, water and sanitation.
FCEM&HS encourages everyone to be prepared by following the 3 steps below:
- Have a Plan
- Know what to do, where to go and how to communicate
- Build a Kit
- Have the basic items your household may need for at least 72 hours
- Stay Informed
By being prepared and understanding what to do in the event of an emergency, residents can often mitigate some of the damages caused by disasters. It could quite possibly, save a life.
More information can be found at www.ready.gov.