Office of Emergency Management: Personal & Family Emergency Preparedness
The Day Before
In 2003, FEMA partnered with the Department of Homeland Security to launch the Ready campaign, aimed at involving the public in personal preparedness and with the goal of increasing the level of basic preparedness across the nation. Ready asks individuals to do three key things:
- Make a family emergency plan
- Create an emergency supply kit for your family
- Be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses
Deaf, blind, and limited sight populations: Over the past few years, we as Americans have experienced both natural and man made disasters. In an effort to better inform the community, the Northeast Texas Public Health District has compiled 18 Emergency Preparedness Topics and formatted the information to be friendly to deaf, blind, and limited sight populations. The information is in video and downloadable document format for public use. To view this information, click here.
Please click here for the Special Needs Toolkit from Ready Montana. Ready Montana is an initiative of the Governor’s Office of Community Service that seeks to increase the preparedness of Montanans for disasters and emergencies of all types. Discover how you can help prepare your family, neighborhood, and community by visiting ready.mt.gov.
In addition to the items below, there is now a disaster planning app available for iPhone users. For more information, click here.
- Meet with household members to discuss emergencies such as fires, severe weather and chemical hazards
- Download FEMA's Ready Family Emergency Plan and fill out the sections, then get a printed or electronic copy to your family and friends.
- Pick two emergency meeting places:
- a place near your home in case of a fire
- a place outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home after a disaster
- Identify at least two escape routes from your home
- Select contacts in case household members are separated during an emergency (contacts should include one non-local person and one local person)
- Post emergency telephone numbers near the telephones
- Teach children when to call 9-1-1
- Create a safety profile with Smart911
- Discuss what to do for power outages
- Discuss what to do for personal injuries
- Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information
- Be informed about what to do in different types of emergencies, see below
- Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit, see below
- Place important records in a water and fire-proof container
Families should have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for a minimum of three days if an emergency occurs.
Winter weather can complicate emergency response in Missoula County. Please download our Winter Ready Checklist here for items to add to your Emergency Supply Kit.
During fires and other disasters, pregnant women and children are often the most vulnerable. Please click here to view tips for protecting children and families during fire emergencies, including tips for expectant mothers and parents with young children facing evacuation.
Anthrax, plague, smallpox...
Ricin, chlorine, nerve agents...
- Hazardous Materials Incidents
- Home Fires
- Household Chemical Emergencies
Explosions, blasts, injuries...
- Natural Disasters & Severe Weather
- Power Outages
Dirty bombs, nuclear blasts, acute radiation syndrome...
Please click on the links above to view more information about what to do before, during and after these types of hazards. This is not an all inclusive list.