Preparedness is everyone's job. Not just government agencies, but all sectors of society—schools, service organizations, businesses, volunteer groups, neighborhood associations—and every individual citizen should plan ahead for an emergency. People must be ready to act on their own. Start today to prepare for emergencies.
Make an Emergency Plan
Plan in advance what you will do in an emergency. Think about the places where your family spends time—school, work and other places you visit frequently. Ask about their emergency plans.
- Discuss with your family the types of emergencies that may occur. Plan what to do in each case. Discuss what to do if you need to evacuate.
- Identify two places to meet—one place right outside your home in case of a fire, and another location outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home.
- Ask a relative or friend who lives out of the area to be your family's contact person. In an emergency, all family members should call this person and tell them where they are.
- Create a list of important family information (see next page) and share it with all family members.
- Learn how to turn off utilities such as water, gas and electricity. Keep necessary tools near shut-off valves.
- Make plans for taking care of pets in an emergency.
Listen to the radio and television for current information and instructions. Visit the following websites:
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Preparedness
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Dakota County Emergency Preparedness
- ECHO—Emergency and Community Health Outreach
Get involved by taking steps to prepare yourself, your family and your community. Get to know your neighbors and help them prepare for emergencies. Ask schools, daycares and businesses what you can do to help them plan. Volunteer with groups like the Burnsville Mobile Volunteer Network or Citizen Emergency Response Team.