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Fire Chief, Emergency Management Director
Being prepared means being informed. The more information you have before, during and after an emergency the better the odds of a positive outcome. Understanding the different types of emergencies and knowing what to do will also improve the likelihood of a positive outcome.
We've created this site to inform you of the different types of emergencies, to help you make a plan and build a kit to have with you should an emergency arise and to help you get involved with the community so that you can assist in keeping yourself safe.
Being caught unprepared and having little knowledge of what to do next can only make a bad situation worse. While it's not most people's favorite thing to think about, planning and preparing for the worse is the best way to improve your odds of a positive outcome.
A well rounded plan includes
How to be ready for any situation
Preparing a kit of essential items
What to do in the event of a disaster or emergency
Learning the emergency places of places you frequent such as place of work, schools, daycares and shopping centers
A "Kit" is simply a collection of items you may need in an emergency. It may be necessary to have more than one kit such as one for home and one this is more mobile or easy to carry. It's best to build your kit well in advance of any event and have it on standby in a place that's easily accessible.
It's possible that you will have to survive on your own following an emergency. It could take a considerable amount of time before emergency or rescue officials will be able to reach out. And it's possible that basic services such as electricity and water won't be available.
Having a kit containing your own food and water with enough quantity of each to last at least 72 hours is advised. Supplies such as medicines, flashlights and tools are important as well.
Major disasters can overwhelm first responders. Having a well informed and trained group of volunteers made up of citizens and neighbors will help get the first responders where they are needed more and ensure a safe homeland.
Here is how you can get involved
Volunteer - get trained and volunteer with a Community Emergency Response Team, Medical Reserve Corps unity and/or Citizen Corps Partner Program or Affiliate Organization.
Connect and collaborate with your local emergency planning group, Citizen Corps Council or local emergency management agency.
Join or start a preparedness project that will teach others how to prepare for emergencies
Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20°F within 10 minutes.
Slow down and avoid strenuous activity, especially during the hottest parts of the day.
Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors reflect heat and sunlight, and help maintain normal body temperature.
Drink plenty of water — even if you are not thirsty.
Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun. Do not leave pets outside for extended periods of time.
If you must be outdoors, limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening hours. Try to rest often in shady areas so your body temperature will have a chance to recover. Use sunscreen with a high SPF and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Use fans to stay cool and avoid using your stove and oven. Consider spending time in air-conditioned public spaces, such as libraries and theaters.
Know the symptoms of and watch out for heat-related illnesses. Call Amherst Public Safety at 9-1-1 to report any emergencies right away.
Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, those who may need additional assistance, and those who may not have air conditioning.