Get Ready Merchantville
Preparing Makes Sense The likelihood that you and your family will survive a house fire depends as much on having a working smoke detector and an exit strategy as much as a well-trained fire department. The same is true for surviving a terrorist attack, hurricane or other emergency. We must have the tools and plans in place to make it one our own at least for a period of time, no matter where we are when a disaster strikes. Just like having a working smoke detector, preparing for the unexpected makes sense.
Get a Kit of Emergency Supplies - Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days. What you have on hand when disaster strikes makes a big difference. Consider two kits. In one, put everything you will need to share where you are and make it on your own. The other should be a lightweight, smaller version you can take with you if you have to get away.
Create Family Emergency Plan/ Family Communications Plan - Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan on how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations. Consider a plan where each family calls or e-mails the same relative in the event of an emergency. Choose an out of town contact and be sure everyone knows the phone number and e-mail address
•Establish a Meeting Place Plan in advance how you will assemble your family and where you will go. Establish a meeting place away from your home in case your home is affected by the disaster or in an area that is being evacuated. The meeting point might be the home of a family member in another city, or a hotel, or landmark known to all family members.
•Create a Plan to Get Away Plan in advance where you will go and how you will get there. Choose several destinations, travel routes and modes of transportation so you have options in an emergency. Take your emergency supply kit with you.
•Know Emergency Plans at Work and School Talk to your children’s schools and your employer about emergency plans. Find out how they will communicate with families in times of emergency. Make sure your school and employer has updated emergency contact information.
•Listen to Radio and TV Local radio and tv stations will provide the latest information on storms and other emergencies for the Merchantville area. These include: Pennsauken Township Television, the Weather Channel. Area warning sirens will administer prolonged blasts to alert residents of major emergencies. • Register for Emergency Alerts Merchantville has implemented an emergency notification system to transmit alerts to the community by e-mail and cell phone text message. Alerts sent to residents have included , water main repairs and other emergencies.
Older Americans - Each person's needs and abilities are unique, but every individual can take important steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and put plans in place. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan, you can be better prepared for any situation. A commitment to planning today will help you prepare for any emergency situation. Preparing makes sense.
People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs - Each person's needs and abilities are unique, but every individual can take important steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and put plans in place. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan, you can be better prepared for any situation. A commitment to planning today will help you prepare for any emergency situation. Preparing makes sense.
Make Arrangements for Pets - If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if possible. However, if you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals are not allowed inside Red Cross shelters. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets. Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can’t care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Remember to carry pets in a sturdy container. Bring identification, collar, leash, and proof of vaccination. Bring food and water for your pets. Carry a current photo of your pets in case they get lost.
Buy A Generator - Residents who use a life support system should consider purchasing a small generator for their homes. There are not enough generators available through local businesses and rental facilities to handle everyone’s needs during a major power outage. Generators are also a good idea for residents without special needs. They can be used to power lamps, and refrigerators during prolonged periods without power. Links to other useful sites