How to Prepare for a Disaster

Shawnee Emergency Management Director Don Lynch shares 5 tips to prepare for a Disaster.

Learn About the Hazards that Affect Shawnee

Tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, and flooding are some of the hazards that affect the City of Shawnee and surrounding area. It is important to be aware and have a plan in place when disaster strikes.

Develop a Family Disaster Plan

All family members should understand what to do before a crisis hits. There should be 2 exit routes from all rooms during a fire. All family members should know these exits, including windows.
Family members should know a safe place to go when deciding to shelter in place. Each person should know what to do when power is lost and phone coverage is unavailable and where to meet when separated.

Prepare a 72-hour Disaster Supply Kit

Be able to take care of yourself and family for 3 days after an event. Include a first aid kit and nonperishable items. We live in a just in time society. 72 hours is about how long it will take to reestablish supply lines after an event. You also need to stock a gallon of water per person per day.
Visit www.ready.gov and www.redcross.org for more information.

Sign up for Emergency Notifications

The City of Shawnee provides a mass notification alert system. Sign up at www.shawneeok.org/citizenalerts

Register your Safe Room

make sure that your safe room is registered at www.shawneeok.org/publicsafety/emergencymanagement and make sure that it meets or exceeds FEMA standards.

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