When disasters like these strike, it’s too late to make an emergency plan like where to go, how to contact your loved ones, or what to do next.
That’s why national and local emergency management crews are urging all to plan for the worst by preparing an emergency ready kit.
“I encourage everyone to take personal responsibility to be prepared for an emergency or a disaster, it’s recommended everyone has a three day supply of food and water as well as any critical medication usually an extra set of glasses, anything that they would need if they needed to leave their house immediately and relocate somewhere else,” said Dan Nelson, Emergency Management Coordinator with the City of Naperville.
Emergency situations could include natural weather disasters, like flooding or blizzards, hazardous material situations or even a terrorist attack. In those situations, communication systems in town can shut down, leaving locals in the dark.
“We recommend everybody have an out-of-state contact they can try and get a hold of. Also knowing that text messages usually get through better than a phone call. So pick someone out of state that everybody tries to coordinate with to tell them where they are and that they’re okay,” said Nelson.
Communication with the Naperville Emergency Management Agency is also important to find out how the City is responding and what plans might be in place.
“They should be aware of different resources that are out there, whether it’s smart 911, Naper Notify – a different way for either giving your information to the city or having us contact you. They can find more resources on the city website or by contacting the city,” said Nelson.
To find a full list of what to keep in an emergency kit and more on how to prepare, visit ready.gov.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek Reports.
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