Types of Emergencies

Most of this guide focuses on general preparation applicable to all types of emergencies that have the potential to impact the whole community.

However, this section will focus on specific types of emergencies. Periodically, as new suggestions and information for certain types of emergencies emerge we will make them available for inclusion into this section of the guide.

Types of Emergencies
The following is a list of some emergencies, which may be covered as events warrant:
  • Blizzards
  • Chemical spills
  • Dam failure
  • Droughts
  • Earthquake
  • Extreme heat waves
  • Fire
  • Floods
  • Hurricanes
  • Lost child or Alzheimer family member
  • Pandemics
  • Rabies in the area
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Thunder storms
  • Tornadoes
Due to the rising concern, the first type of emergency we are including is a pandemic. A pandemic is any disease or condition that affects people in many countries at the same time.
What You Can Do Now
  • Gather the following supplies and have a quantity of at least 1 month’s worth on hand:
    • Food
    • Medicine
    • Pet supplies
    • Vitamins
    • Water
    Rotate supplies appropriately.
  • Get regular flu shots when they are available.
  • Have emergency supplies and staples on hand.
    • Include N95 masks.
    • Include rubber gloves to use for trips to the food stores.
    • The masks and gloves are only good for 1 use and must be taken off carefully and discarded from your home in a proper container to avoid exposure.
    Remember, many of the above items may be hard to find once a pandemic emergency is declared. In an Avian Flu Pandemic, as people who move and distribute the products become ill, food and other staples will become scarcer as time goes by.
  • Have unscented bleach and water purifier tablets.
  • Keep cash on hand.
  • Keep gas in your car.
Planning Consideration
  • Avoid extreme social isolation.
  • Base decisions on guidance from public health and school officials.
  • Consider “social distancing” (staying away from crowded areas, theaters, etc.).
  • Designate 1 person to go out for supplies, and do so no more than once a week.
  • Develop a home school strategy for your children.
  • Develop a work at home strategy if possible.
  • Stay in touch with your neighbors and health authorities so you can assist them or vice versa.
  • Use protective measures when out in public.