You can greatly increase your ability to cope during a natural disaster, terrorist threat, or bioterrorism event by simply planning ahead.
Disasters and emergencies can happen at any time without warning.
If you answer “no” to one or more of the following questions, you and your family can benefit from emergency planning.
- Do you have three to five days of essential supplies at home – enough for each of your family members?
- Does your family have an emergency communications plan? If a disaster happens, will you be able to contact all of your family members?
- Do your children know what to do during an emergency?
- Have you established a family meeting location, in case you can’t reach your home?
From the federal government to individual citizens, everyone can play a role in emergency preparedness. The federal government is ready to help communities in the event of bioterrorism (for example, the intentional release of smallpox or anthrax) by having medicines, vaccines and supplies on hand. In addition, law enforcement, fire and rescue teams, and health care professionals are trained to respond to a variety of emergencies. On an individual level, there are many things you can do to plan ahead. The Prince George’s County Health Department has developed this brochure to make it easier for you to prepare for an emergency. Just follow the steps outlined in the three Ps: Pack, Plan, and Practice. Detailed information about each step is provided.
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