Emergency Management

Overview

Are you prepared for an emergency? The Fire Department wants to make sure you are.

Emergencies aren't planned. In our city, most are severe weather events. Planned large-scale events can increase the chances of an emergency situation. The Fire Department works to make sure our city is ready for emergencies. Preparation includes 5 important parts:

  • Prevention
  • Planning
  • Preparation
  • Response
  • Recovery

Everyone here at the City continues to plan, prepare, train, and drill for emergencies.

Everyone needs to plan and prepare for emergencies. That includes emergency responders and City departments. But it also includes residents. Disaster can strike without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or trap you in your home.

What will you do if basic services like water, gas, electricity or telephones are cut off? You'll get help after the disaster, but workers can't reach everyone right away.

Take these steps to get prepared:

  • Know what to do during a fire
  • Know where to take shelter during a tornado
  • Be ready to evacuate your home
  • Be ready to stay in a public shelter
  • Be ready to be self-sufficient for at least 3 days
  • Be ready to provide your own shelter, first aid, food, water, and sanitation

Being prepared for emergencies reduces fear, anxiety, and losses from disasters.

Working with neighbors can save lives and property. Meet with your neighbors to plan for emergencies in your neighborhood.

  • Think about how you could work together after a disaster until help arrives
  • If you are a member of a neighborhood organization, help your neighbors plan for the worst
  • Know your neighbors' special skills (medical, technical, etc.)
  • Think about how you could help neighbors with special needs
  • Make plans for child care in case parents can't get home

The need to prepare is real. Everyone is important to our emergency management system. We should all be ready to protect people and property from all types of hazards. Together, we can make a difference.