Personal Emergency Preparedness

What You Should Do

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Monroe County citizens should always be prepared for emergencies—in the same manner they would under circumstances such as severe winter weather or a power outage.

Read the Executive Summary of the Monroe County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan (49k PDF).

Every year Monroe County’s EOC (Emergency Operations Center) joins with the American Red Cross in announcing emergency preparedness suggestions. The general message centers on maintaining normal home necessities to last about three days. Taking preparatory action ahead of time can help you and your family exert a measure of control over any unexpected emergency. You may find helpful tips about preparing for the unexpected by visiting the American Red Cross website.

Whatever the situation, there are steps everyone, young or old, can take to be prepared; steps that can help during any emergency. Here are a few preparedness suggestions:

  • Create a family emergency communications plan.
  • Establish a meeting place.
  • Assemble a disaster kit (includes special needs like medicine, first aid, radio, blankets, etc.).
  • Know you child’s school emergency plan.
  • Know what to do if an emergency does strike, (listen to radio and television emergency stations, follow directions of emergency officials, etc.).

Ready America

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What is all about?

Terrorists are working to obtain biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological weapons, and the threat of an attack is very real. Here at the Department of Homeland Security, throughout the federal government, and at organizations across America we are working hard to strengthen our Nation’s security. Whenever possible, we want to stop terrorist attacks before they happen. All Americans should begin a process of learning about potential threats so we are better prepared to react during an attack. While there is no way to predict what will happen, or what your personal circumstances will be, there are simple things you can do now to prepare yourself and your loved ones.

Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling a supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency. However, as you will see throughout the pages of, there are important differences among potential terrorist threats that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. With a little planning and common sense, you can be better prepared for the unexpected.

Visit the Ready America website from

FEMA for Kids

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The FEAM for Kids website teaches you how to be prepared for disasters and prevent disaster damage. You can also learn what causes disasters, play games, read stories and become a Disaster Action Kid.

Becoming a Disaster Action Kid

You can become a FEMA Disaster Action Kid and get a certificate! Disaster Action Kids also get to be part of a special e-mail group, and will receive exciting news and information directly from FEMA on a regular basis.

Being a Disaster Action Kid is Fun! Disaster Action Kids are prepared! They know what items are needed in a disaster supply kit. They know how to protect their pets during a disaster. They also know what to do during each type of disaster. Being a Disaster Action Kid isn’t easy, but it’s worth it! Get your friends involved, too. All you need to do is read about disasters on this site, do the activities and test your knowledge.

Visit the FEMA for Kids website.

Helpful Online Information

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