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Tip of the Month

Hoo's Ready? Are You Really?


September 1, 2011 — Why is the emergency preparedness mantra "Get a Kit – Make a Plan – Be Informed"? Each step prepares you to act quickly and decisively when faced with an emergency. Here are some important actions to keep in mind:

  • If you discover an emergency situation, call 911.
  • Evaluate the situation, then decide if you should evacuate or shelter in place.
    • Evacuate immediately upon request of authorities, upon hearing an alarm, or when remaining inside is dangerous or life-threatening.
    • Stay inside and move to a safe space (e.g., under sturdy furniture in an earthquake, or a windowless, interior room in a tornado) if exiting the building is dangerous.
  • Make one phone call – or better yet send a text – to let someone know you're OK; be brief and stay off the phone unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
  • Protect yourself. Do not jeopardize your life or the lives of others attempting to save property.
  • Assist others, but do not exceed your training or knowledge when attempting to render first aid.
  • Follow instructions from authorities. Do not cross official police barriers without authorization.
  • Limit travel; keep the roads free for emergency vehicles.

September is National Preparedness Month, so think about other ways you can get engaged. Look for a safety tip every Thursday throughout the month and check out these local emergency-related clubs.


For information, contact the Office of Emergency Preparedness at 434-982-0565 or


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