We are fortunate to live in an area of the country that is not regularly affected by natural or manmade disasters. However, this is not a reason to dismiss the importance of being prepared! Disasters and emergencies can strike at any time, with little or no warning. Here in Mohave County, we can encounter flooding, extended power outages, earthquakes and other situations that could require us all to evacuate from the area or shelter in place. Government resources will quickly be taxed, and will not be able to tend to everyone’s needs immediately. For our communities to be resilient during emergencies and disasters, the entire community must embrace emergency preparedness. This is known as the “whole community” approach.
When assembling your family’s emergency plan, remember to have a supply kit that includes food, water, medication, clothing, and other essential supplies that will allow your family to be self-sustaining for several days. When getting these supplies together, don’t forget the pets in your family! Have a communications plan. If your family is separated when disaster strikes, how will you communicate? Where will you meet? These are important questions that need to be answered before the emergency.
There are many great resources online to help you keep your family prepared. I encourage you to visit Ready.gov where you can find sample checklists and plans.
Stay prepared. Stay alert. Stay safe!
- A message from Emergency Manager Brian Williamson.
Below are some emergency management links to prepare yourself and others in the event of a disaster. Remember, Knowledge is Power and Power is Knowledge.
Mohave County Office of Emergency Management
Arizona Division of Emergency Management
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