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Plan for The Risks You Face

Each emergency, hazard or disaster is unique. As such, there are unique actions that need to be taken before, during and after an event. Effective planning requires identifying those hazards, disasters or major emergencies that could occur in your area and planning for each. If you're not aware of what hazards are in your area the best place to start is your local emergency management office. (You can find a complete list of emergency managment offices and organizations on our Community and State Emergency Resources page.) Not only will your local emergency management office be able to help you identify hazards in your area but they'll most likely be able to outline plans and recommendations for each. Once you're aware of what hazards you face, share the information with your other family members and plan accordingly.

When you contact you're local emergency management office you should also find out what system is in place for notifying the community when a natural or man-made disaster does occur. Additionally, find out about the alert and warning systems of schools, workplace and other locations where your family spends time. The most common method for alerting the community to a disaster is broadcast via emergency radio and television stations, but methods can vary from community to community so you'll want to find out. Other alert methodes include sirens, telephone calls, and on rare occassions emergency workers going door-to-door.

Learn more about disaster warning systems & signals.

One of the first and most important decisions you'll make when faced with a disaster is whether or not to evacuate, or stay put. Regardless of your decision you should have a plan for both scenarios. Learn more about evacuation and shelter.

In order to plan for potential risks it's imperative that you not only identify but learn more about the hazards you may face, including natural disasters, technological and accidental hazards, and terrorist hazards.

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