Immediately after an emergency, essential services may be cut off, and local disaster relief and government responders may not be able to reach you right away. Knowing what to do to protect yourself and your household is essential.
This guide describes how to prepare for most disasters, includes safety tips and provides information about emergency water and food. Common sense actions for one emergency event can apply to others. Being informed, remaining calm and having a plan are key to your safety.
As we learned from recent events in our nation’s history, the following things can happen after an emergency or terrorist attack:
- Significant numbers of casualties and/or damage to buildings and the infrastructure may occur. Your employers need current contact numbers and medical information.
- Heavy public safety involvement at the local, state and federal levels will follow a terrorist attack.
- Emergency medical and mental health resources in your community may be strained or overwhelmed.
- Extensive media coverage will follow these events and strong public fear and international implications may arise for an extended time.
- Workplaces,schools and businesses may close, suspend operations, or modify schedules, and travel may be restricted.
- You and your household may have to evacuate or relocate for a period of time.
- Cleanup may take many months.
This guide should serve as your foundation for disaster preparedness and safety. Since special conditions exist in every neighborhood, follow specific instructions for your immediate area.
In the event of an emergency, you should tune into your local news, Cobb Government Access Channel Cobb TV or the NOAA Weather Service Radio. You can also aid your neighborhood prior to a crisis by enrolling in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, which teaches private citizens the basic skills they could need during an emergency. Free CERT classes are held throughout the year. To get further information, visit our CERT page.