Families encouraged to prepare for emergencies
CASTLE ROCK - Following the devastating floods that impacted so many Colorado communities, we wanted to take an opportunity to remind our families about the importance of preparing and planning for emergencies.
As shown by last month’s tragic events, it is important that everyone be prepared for an emergency that may require you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services and maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue.
Preparing can start with four important steps:
1. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.
2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency.
3. Build an emergency supply kit.
4. Get involved.
Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. It is important to turn awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan. We hope you will join us in becoming more involved and engage in the emergency preparedness process.
Preparing a Family Emergency Plan is easy. You can get started by using the Family Emergency Plan template available atwww.ready.gov. A Family Emergency Plan can help your family to stay in contact if you are separated during an emergency. The site will also provide information on how to build an Emergency Supply Kit.
The new Ready Kids web site focuses on weather-related emergencies and how everyone can help their families prepare. The Ready Campaign encourages families to visit the web site, www.ready.gov/kids, and work together to understand everyone’s role in preparedness.
You can also visit Douglas County Emergency Management website for more emergency preparedness information, training and alerts.
The law enforcement agencies of Douglas County and the Douglas County School District are working together to make our communities and schools as safe and prepared as possible.