Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you and your family to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services--water, gas, electricity or telephones--were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. Therefore, the best way to make your family and your home safer is to be prepared before disaster strikes. During a major disaster it helps if everyone can do their part by:
- Being informed on the hazards that exist in Allegan County and how they can personally affect you.
- Knowing how to react when a disaster or emergency does occur.
- Having an evacuation and communications plan in place so everyone in your family knows what to do and where to go.
- Putting together disaster supplies and store enough food and water for two weeks. It is better to have extra you can share than to run out. This will help sustain you and your family until services are restored or help can be provided
What you do now can help you and your family better respond to and recover from disaster, as well as contribute to the overall readiness for Allegan County.
Children and teachers
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