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Norwood Health Department Preparedness
Are You Prepared?
Are you prepared? Whether it be a natural
disaster or a pandemic, you need to be prepared. This
means that as individuals, businesses and communities we
must be ready to take action and prepare for
emergencies. Be prepared by assembling an emergency
supply kit, making emergency plans, staying informed,
and getting involved. Review these frequently asked
questions and follow the steps to get your family
What should be in an emergency supply kit?
How is a family emergency plan created?
How can you stay informed during an emergency?
How can you get involved in the community during and after an
What should be included in an emeergency
In a basic emergency supply kit for the home, car
or workplace, the following items are recommended:
One gallon of fluids such as water, canned juices, sports
drinks, etc. per person per day, for three days—remember to
include enough for your pets, too
At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods
that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little
or no water, and choose foods your family will eat: ready-to-eat
canned meats, peanut butter, protein or fruit bars, dry cereal
or granola. Also, pack a manual can opener and eating utensils
Nonprescription drugs such as aspirin or non-aspirin pain
reliever, diarrhea medication, antacid, and vitamins
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and an NOAA Weather Radio
with tone alert and extra batteries for both
Flashlight and extra batteries
Whistle to signal for help
Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air, and plastic sheeting
and duct tape to shelter-in-place
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Individuals should also think about the special needs of family
Prescription medications and glasses
Infant formula and diapers
Pet food, extra water for your pet, medications, leash and
Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies,
marriage license, house mortgage, wills, identification and bank
account records in a waterproof, portable container
Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
How is a family emergency plan created?
Meet with your family and discuss why you need to
prepare for a disaster. Explain the dangers of fire, severe
weather, and other emergencies to children. Plan to share
responsibilities and work together as a team.
Discuss the types of disasters that are most
likely to happen. Explain what to do in each case. Pick two
places to meet:
Right outside your home in case of
a sudden emergency, such as a fire.
your neighborhood in case you can’t return home. Everyone must
know the address and phone number.
Ask an out-of-state friend to be your “family
contact.” After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long
distance. Other family members should call this person and tell
them where they are. Everyone must know your contact’s phone
Discuss what to do in an evacuation. Plan how to take care of
Families should develop different methods for communicating
during emergency situations and share their plans beforehand
with all those who would be worried about their welfare. Options
for remaining in contact with family and friends if a disaster
Phone contact with a designated family member or
friend who is unlikely to be affected by the same disaster.
E-mail notification via a family distribution
Use of the
U.S. Postal Service
change of address forms when it becomes necessary to leave home
for an extended period of time, thus ensuring that mail will be
redirected to a current address.
Complete this checklist:
Family Emergency Plan Template.
Post emergency telephone numbers by phones (fire,
police, ambulance, etc.) and enter into cell phone contact
Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1 or your
local Emergency Medical Services number for emergency help.
Determine the best escape routes from your home.
Find two ways out of each room.
Find the safe spots in your home for each type of
Show each family member how and when to turn off
the water, gas, and electricity at the main switches.
Check if you have adequate insurance coverage.
Teach each family member how to use the fire
extinguisher, and show them where it is kept.
Install smoke detectors on each level of your
home, especially near bedrooms.
Stock emergency supplies and assemble a disaster
Take a Red Cross first aid and CPR class.
Practice the Plan
Test your smoke detectors monthly, and change the
batteries at least once a year.
Quiz your kids every six months so they remember
what to do.
Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills.
Replace stored water every three months and
stored food every six months.
Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s)
according to manufacturer’s instructions.
How can you
stay informed during an emergency?
Be prepared before an emergency happens. Find out
which disasters are most likely to happen to the community and
appropriate ways to respond to them. During an emergency, check
all types of media—Web sites, newspapers, radio, TV, mobile and
land phones—for global, national and local information. The
local Emergency Management or Emergency Services office will
provide information on such things as open shelters, traffic
restrictions, and evacuation orders.
Ask local officials the following questions about your
community’s disaster/emergency plans.
my community have a plan?
I obtain a copy?
does the plan contain?
often is it updated?
should I know about the plan?
hazards does it cover?
In addition to finding out about your community’s
plan, it is important that you know what plans are in place for
your workplace and your children’s school or day care center.
your employer about workplace policies regarding disasters and
emergencies, including understanding how you will be provided
emergency and warning information.
your children’s school or day care center to discuss their
Contact the Norwood City Health Department at
(513) 458-4600, for information on seasonal flu clinics or
during public health emergencies.
How can you get involved in the community
during and after an emergency?
Look into taking first aid and emergency response
training, participating in community exercises, and volunteering
to support local first responders. Contact
Citizen Corps, which coordinates activities to make
communities safer, stronger and better prepared to an emergency
situation and consider becoming a
Medical Reserve Corps
Homeland security promotes emergency preparedness throughout the
year via the
campaign. Checklists, brochures and videos are available in
English and Spanish online and by phone (1-800-BE-READY and
First Aid Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one
for each car.
(20) adhesive bandages, various sizes
(1) 5” x 9” sterile dressing
(1) conforming roller gauze bandage
(2) triangular bandages
(2) 3” x 3” sterile gauze pads
(2) 4” x 4” sterile gauze pads
(1) roll 3” cohesive bandage
(2) germicidal hand wipes or waterless
alcohol-based hand sanitizer
(6) antiseptic wipes
(2) pair large medical grade non-latex gloves
Adhesive tape, 2” width
Scissors (small, personal)
CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield