June 1 - November 30
ALL CITIZENS ARE URGED TO PRACTICE READINESS AND BE PREPARED.
There are three important steps to personal preparedness:
You and your family should be prepared to survive on your own for at least three days after an emergency. This means having enough food, water, and other supplies. Remember, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may not be available for days, a week or longer.
At a minimum, your kit should include:
You should supplement your kit with materials specific to your family needs. This could include prescription medications, food and supplies for infants or pets, and games or toys for children. Chlorine bleach (when diluted nine parts water to one part bleach) is good for disinfecting and can treat water (16 drops per gallon of water).
Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance. Decide how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.
For step-by-step guidance on creating a printable Comprehensive Family Emergency Plan go to: ready.adcouncil.org/beprepared/fep/index.jsp
Making an emergency supply kit and developing a family communications plan are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency. However, there are important differences among potential emergencies that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take.
Learn more about the potential emergencies where you live and the appropriate way to respond to them. According to www.ready.gov, Florida is prone to natural disasters such as Floods, Thunderstorms, and Tornadoes. For Americans, preparedness also must account for man-made disasters including bio-hazards, chemical spills or terrorist attacks.
Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in Brevard County and Titusville governments. For more information, contact your local emergency management office at www.titusville.com , and your county emergency management office at www.embrevard.com
Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. A wealth of information on disaster preparedness can be found at www.ready.gov. Additional information about disaster preparedness is available at www.fema.gov and www.floridadisaster.org