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Prepare for emergencies

Preparation is key, especially when planning for emergency situations. Public Health works to build relationships with community partners, including police, fire, emergency management, and other organizations to ensure the health and safety of residents in the case of an emergency. September is Emergency Preparedness Month and a good reminder to take time to prepare. 

Make a plan: Choose an emergency contact—someone outside of the area that family members can contact if they are unable to reach each other. Know local emergency numbers. Identify safe spots in your home and escape routes for each type of disaster, such as fires or tornadoes. Choose a meeting place in case of an emergency. And practice, practice, practice!

Build an emergency kit and include: One gallon of water per person, nonperishable food items, a manual can opener, basic utensils, a flashlight with extra batteries, a first-aid kit, a change of clothes and
a blanket.

To stay informed, sign up for emergency alerts at or follow the City’s website and Facebook pages.