Being prepared for any type of event or emergency is always a good idea. Educating your family members and making sure everyone is on the same page can be a chore; let us help you make this process easier by pointing you in the right direction. With so many resources available to you on the internet, where is the best place to start? We suggest that you start by:
It is important to have documents such as birth certificates, passports, insurance policies, and such in a dry and safe place, like a high shelf or in water-tight bags; consider digitizing documents when feasible.
A kit typically includes all the basic items your household needs to survive. A helpful list of items is provided at ready.gov for you.
Create a family communication plan by visiting the ready.gov website and utilizing their “Make a Plan” tool. This form can be saved electronically or printed for easy reference.
Having a plan before an event happens can ease stress on all family members. Identify and discuss meeting spot locations and find a place accessible by all for your emergency kit to be stored. Ready.gov has some useful fire evacuation tips.
Businesses can potentially face a number of hazards, all of which need to have a specific plan. These hazards include (but are not limited to):
To learn what you can do as a business leader, visit ready.gov’s business portal to download toolkits and other resources.
All Wisconsin cities, villages, and towns are required to adopt an emergency plan and designate an emergency manager [WI § 323.14(1)3.(b)]. The municipal emergency manager is responsible for directing local training and emergency management programs and exercises, directing participation in emergency management programs and exercises, advising county emergency management on local emergency management programs, and submitting to county emergency management any reports they require [WI § 323.15(1)(c)].
Contact the Emergency Management Office Monday – Friday from 8:00 – 4:30p at 608-789-4811.
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