Planning for Emergencies-Three Steps to be Prepared

 

The Three Step Program:

Local, state, and federal agencies have plans to protect the public. But you are responsible for your own safety, even in an emergency.

At home, school, work, and even in our cars, we need to know what to do in an emergency and where to go. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services developed a program called Ready in 3. It is an easy way to learn how to prepare for an emergency.

The three steps include:

-Create a plan for you, your family, and your business.

-Prepare a kit for home, car, and work.

-Listen to information about what to do and where to go during an emergency.

Develop an emergency plan for you and your family. Your family might not be together when an emergency happens. That’s why it’s important to have a plan in place. The entire family should know and understand the plan.

If an emergency happens, you might not be able to get food or water for days or weeks, and your electricity may not be working. Try to have three days of food and fresh water for each person in your plan.

It is important to stay calm in an emergency. Get as much information about the situation as possible. Many of us rely on TV, the radio, or the Internet for news. But some emergencies knock out the electricity. Make sure to have a battery-powered radio with extra batteries.

The above information was taken from a Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services publication. For additional information: http://www.dhss.mo.gov

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