National Preparedness Month 2017 provides you with three easy steps you can take to be more prepared for your local hazards. You have seen steps 1 and 2. This week we look at Step 3-Be Informed. Being informed can include a lot of things.
What things should you know that will help your disaster response?
Step 3: Be Informed
- Know what your hazards are. When deciding what your hazards are you can use personal experience, or historic data from websites like the National Weather Service, www.weather.gov/oun or the Oklahoma Mesonet, www.mesonet.org. You can also ask local planning groups like LEPC or Emergency Management for a copy of their Risk Assessment.
- ? How do you receive warnings? Every community is different so knowing exactly what to expect in Ponca City is very important. Remember that you should not rely on just one method to receive warnings. Purchasing a weather alert radio and installing an app on your smartphone will help ensure you never miss a warning.
- How should you respond to each of the hazards? There is a difference between sheltering in place for a chemical event and sheltering in your home for severe weather. You should know if you are located in an area at risk for flooding and when lightning becomes dangerous. These are just a few examples. Think about the hazards you could face, then seek out the answers to any questions you may have. Ponca City Emergency Management will be happy to help.
- What can you do to make you family safer and reduce damage to your property ? Called mitigation, there are things you can do to reduce the effects of almost every hazard. Keep in mind that even your Family Disaster Plan is a form of mitigation. There are also ways to protect your home and belongings. Check these websites for more information.
- Make sure everyone else in the family knows and understands the plan through practice, practice, practice.
Contact: Paula Cain, Emergency Management Director, 767-0380