In today's world, it is the responsibility of every person to plan ahead and take important steps to prepare for a wide range of emergencies. By evaluating your own personal needs you can become better prepared in the event of a local or national emergency.
- Consider how a disaster might affect your personal needs.
- Everyone needs to be prepared to make it on their own for at least 3-5 days. This includes not having access to medical care, a drugstore, or grocery store.
- Get an EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT
- If you have pets, you need to remember to plan for their evacuation too. Research shelters that take pets as not all of them do.
- If you have not already done so, consider setting up direct deposit of your social security and other monthly sources of income. Keep in mind a disaster can disrupt mail service for several days or even weeks. To set-up direct deposit with your Social Security check click here.
- Be sure you have adequate supply of medications, food and water for at least a week.
- Create a support network with family, friends, neighbors who might be able to assist you in an emergency.
Be Prepared This Hurricane Season
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency wants residents living in hurricane prone areas to get serious and be prepared now.
That means preparing a disaster kit for your home.
Creating an emergency plan.
Links to government websites to help you prepare for an emergency:
- Department of Homeland Security
- CT. Department of Emergency Management
- Dept. of Federal Emergency Management
- Disaster Preparedness for Seniors by Seniors, American Red Cross
- Emergency Evacuation People with Disabilities - National Fire Protection
- Family Disaster Plan, Norwalk Fire Department - OEM
- Get Help Get Answers Library, Healthy Roads Media
- Get Ready Blackouts, National Fire Protection
- Get Ready Home Fires, National Fire Protection
- Safety Library, Norwalk Fire Department - OEM
- Social Security Administration -Direct Deposit Program
- The American Red Cross
Click here for a list of each city or town's Emergency Preparedness Dept. in Southwestern Connecticut.
Many cities and towns have their own procedures in place for informing and assisting their residents in the event of a natural or man made emergency. Please contact your city/town's Emergency Management Dept. for more information on your city/town's procedures and what they have in place for their "vulnerable residents".