Emergency Preparedness

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The first 72 hours after a major emergency or disaster are critical. Electricity, gas, water, and telephones may not be working. In addition, public safety services such as police and fire departments will be busy handling serious crises. Citizens should be prepared to be self-sufficient - able to live without running water, electricity and/or gas, and telephones - for at least three days (72 hours) following a major emergency.

More Resources

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has created a preparedness website with information for families, businesses and children. The ready.gov site has downloadable materials to assist you in all of your preparedness planning. Additional information can be found at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) website.