One of the goals of our Public Health Emergency Preparedness program is to encourage the community to be prepared for disasters by having a plan in place, alternative communications and supplies on hand to shelter-in-place or evacuate at a moment’s notice.
The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office, Red Bluff Police Department and Corning Police Department currently use a communication system called Tehama Alert to notify you of a potential fire, gas leak, flood or other natural or man-made incident in your local area that would prompt an immediate evacuation or shelter in place protocols as well as information regarding lost or missing children/adults, or wanted and potentially dangerous people. Anyone can go online and create a profile and also download the app to receive alerts on your smartphone or tablet. Visit www.tehamaso.org/tehama-alert/ to learn more and sign-up today!
Anyone can dial 2-1-1 and be connected to a live person who can help you find community information and resources. You can also view information online at www.211norcal.org/tehama. Local agencies upload information regarding disasters and resources including road closures, shelter locations, how to locate family/friends, and more. You can also volunteer with this program; connect to the website to learn more.
You can follow various organizations on social media to stay up-to-date on information. Examples include; FEMA, Center for Disaster Preparedness, Red Cross, and Ready.gov.
Facebook has a feature known as “Crisis Response” that allows users to find information about recent crises, give or find help in an affected area and create or donate to fundraisers to support recovery efforts. When enough people post about an incident Facebook will activate “Safety Check” to users in the affected area which will prompt them to let people know they’re safe, you can see which of your friends have marked themselves as safe, invite more friends to Safety Check and give them help.
Take 4 simple steps to plan ahead for disasters:
1. Consider the following questions:
What is my communication plan?
What is my evacuation route?
If you own a business; do you have a COOP (Continuity Of Operations Plan)?
2. Assess the needs of your household
Various ages and their specific needs
- Are there babies in your home that need formula, car seats, strollers, etc.
- School age children that would need to be entertained
- Adults and/or elderly persons that require additional care or assistance; wheelchairs, CPAP machine, etc.
Medical & disability needs; prescriptions, equipment, etc.
Pets; food, medication, shelter, transportation
3. Create a Plan
There is a campaign called “America’s PrepareAthon” and it encourages families to be prepared and create their emergency plans. Visit https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan to learn more and create your own plan using easy to follow templates. There are even wallet sized forms to make it easy to complete, print, share and always have on hand. Why do you need a hard copy of this important information available? Do you have important phone numbers and contact information memorized? With the dependency on our cell phones to serve as our Address Books and automatically dial phone numbers many of us would not be able to recall this information.
CAL FIRE has a specific Wildfire Action Plan available online among many other resources and tips on Fire Safety. Visit www.calfire.ca.gov to learn more.
4. Practice your Plan!
Have your family practice your plans; make sure they know where to go, what to do and who to call.
Build A Kit
FEMA suggests all Americans have enough supplies on hand to sustain them for 3 days. It is important to not only have a kit at home but also in each vehicle. There are numerous checklists and resources available on www.ready.gov to help you build your kit today! Store your supplies in easily portable containers such as buckets, plastic bins or duffel bags and clearly label the outside. You should update your kits whenever your family needs change; ie. A new baby is born or a new pet joins the family. Check your kits annually to make sure nothing has expired and all things are in working order.
Keep your vehicles maintained properly and your fuel tanks full. In addition to a standard emergency kit in each vehicle you should also include the following items:
Flares or Reflective Triangle
Cat Litter or Sand for Better Tire Traction
For tips to be prepared for various types of natural disasters check out the infographics below.
Heat is the #1 extreme weather-related killer in the US.