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Preparedness

    Preparedness Information

    Preparedness

    Any major disaster could temporarily overwhelm Police, Fire and Ambulance and First Responders. Both the Red Cross and FEMA recommend that you try to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours (3 days) following a disaster. Considering Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, it may be better to be prepared for 120 hours or 5 days. 
     
    There are many daily conveniences that we all take for granted; running water, electricity, gas, telephones, getting cash from an ATM machine, or even running to the grocery store to pick up milk and bread. Power outages can close grocery stores, put ATM machines out of order and prevent you from doing simple things like putting gasoline in your car.

    All of us face the possibility of natural disasters, accidents, power outages or intentional acts to disrupt our daily lives. We cannot control the weather or prevent disasters from happening, but there are steps you can take to minimize risks from known hazards. Planning now can help save lives later. This Lake County Emergency Management Agency website has many resources available throughout it including on our Preparedness Resources page.


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    Preparedness is a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluation and improvement activities to ensure effective coordination and the enhancement of capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.

    In the preparedness phase, emergency managers develop plans of action to manage and counter their risks and take action to build the necessary capabilities needed to implement such plans. Common preparedness measures include:

    • Communication plans with easily understandable terminology and methods.
    • The stockpiling, inventory, and maintainenance of disaster supplies and equipment
    • Develop organizations of trained volunteers among civilian populations. Professional emergency workers are rapidly overwhelmed in mass emergencies so trained, organized, responsible volunteers are extremely valuable. Organizations like Community Emergency Response Teams and the Red Cross are ready sources of trained volunteers.

    Preparedness Resources

    The Lake County Emergency Management Agency's Preparedness Resources web page provides you with information and links to help you to prepare for serious emergencies. 

    Learn how to prepare for your family and at your workplace, explore many links to resources and see what to do for your pets. Volunteering and training opportunities are provided as well as news sources, blogs and interesting documents.