It is the mission of our Public Health Emergency Preparedness program to encourage the community to be ready for disasters by having a plan, alternative forms of communication, and supplies 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 community members of potential fires, gas leaks, floods or other incidents in the local area that would prompt an immediate evacuation or shelter in place protocols. Anyone can go online and create a profile or download the app to receive alerts on your smartphone or tablet. Visit the Tehama County Sherriff’s website here 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 the 211 homepage. Local agencies upload information regarding disasters and resources including road closures, shelter locations, how to locate family or friends, and more. 211 is always looking for volunteers connect to their website to learn more.
Facebook has a feature known as “Crisis Response” that allows users to find information, offer or receive 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 area prompting them to let others know they’re safe.
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:
3. Create a Plan
“America’s PrepareAthon” is an exciting campaign that 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.
CAL FIRE has a specific Wildfire Action Plan available online as well as 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!
Remember to 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 such as when 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 gas 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
Ready! Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.
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