Friday, October 31, 2014
Disaster / Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

Public awareness of emergency situations and the ability of the public to appropriately react in a prompt and effective manner is of the utmost importance.  When a disaster or large emergency occurs, Emergency Responders cannot be everywhere at once.  We rely on the residents of Cayuga County to be self sufficient for up to three days.  For more information on how to prepare for an emergency or disaster click on the following links and visit these web sites.

        New York State Aware / Prepare Website

       NY-Alert

       FEMA Are You Ready Website

       New York State Emergency Management Preparedness Brochure

       National Weather Service Preparedness

Pre-Planning for Emergencies / Disaster

Pre-planning and being prepared in the event of an emergency is important for every citizen. A serious weather event, such as an ice storm could result in a power outage. Each household should be prepared to be self-sufficient for 72 hours.

Things to consider . . . a power outage means
•   No cordless phones
•   No ATM machines
•   No gasoline pumps
•   No water pumps (especially if using well water)
•   No power for home health care equipment

Be Prepared, create a Family Emergency Plan and a Disaster Supply Kit.  Reach out to neighbors and friends before an emergency.  Volunteer within you communities to help BEFORE the time comes

Family Emergency Plan  

Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency. Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of the plan in your emergency supply kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster. Click the following link to open, fill out and save an editable FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN and please, keep it up to date.

Disaster Supplies Kit

Every family should "build" a Disaster Supply Kit.  It is part of your family emergency plan and should have the essential items necessary to, in simplest terms sustain your family for a minimum of 72 hours.  It is likely, in a Disaster with high demands being placed on public safety and public service agancies, that you may have to maintain self-sufficient for a period of time.  Click the following link to open a list of essential componenets of a DISASTER SUPPLY KIT.  You can save it, update it, and keep it with your Family Emergency Plan. 

Discussion Points Checklist 

In addition to the Family Emergency Plan and Disaster Supply Kit, a "checklist" has been compiled to assist you in furthering discussion with your family regarding the Family Emergency Plan and Emergency Preparedness. Please keep in mind that these are suggested "talking points" and should not be considered all inclusive or required. The Cayuga County Office of Emergency Service did not intend this list to be required or to replace parental judgment. It is intended to be a support tool, and to keep our communities "thinking about" the need to continue family emergency planning.  The "checklist" of Discussion Points is located on the final page of the Family Emergency Plan.