Know your hazards! Be Informed.
The key to preparing for emergencies is to understand what types of hazards you will most likely face where you live. So how do you figure it out? Here are some things to consider:
- What's unique about Michigan and what types of hazards might be present in the community you live? For example, do you live in an area that is prone to flooding? Maybe you're a "Yooper" and extremely cold winters and snow and ice storms are fairly common experiences. Or perhaps you live in a rural area, where it may be more difficult to access gasoline, grocery, and medical facilities.
- What types of emergencies have happened where you live over the last few years? Has your community experienced power outages, winter storms, wild fires, tornadoes or disease outbreaks, like West Nile Virus and the flu? These may be some of the types of emergencies you will want to include in your family preparedness plan.
- Do any of your family members have unique needs or life situations? If you have a family member with a disability, medical issue, or special diet requirement, you'll want to make sure your plan takes their unique needs into account. This is also the case for families with members who are very young or very old.
- What type of supplies does your family need to stay healthy during an emergency? Some basic supplies such as a battery-powered radio, flashlight, fresh batteries and manual can opener for sure. But what about a 3-day supply of shelf-stable food that can be stored on a shelf for at least a year and can be safely eaten without cooking? And don't forget water, essential medicines, and supplies for your pets, too!
Check out the links below to get started by learning more about likely hazards here in Michigan, including tips on how you can prepare to stay healthy in an emergency.
Michigan's Natural Threats
- Biological Emergencies
- Chemical Emergencies
- Radiological Emergencies - content provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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