The Norwalk Fire Department Office of Emergency Management reminds residents to Resolve to be Ready in 2014. Taking simple steps to prepare now can make all the difference in the event of an emergency. Disasters can occur without warning and each and every family member needs to know what to do in an emergency.
This New Year, make sure every member of your family knows:
• Who to call - this includes a local contact as well as an emergency contact outside the area. Remind family members that texting is often more reliable than phone calls in widespread emergencies.
• Where to meet- identify a meeting place outside your home (in case of a house fire) and outside your neighborhood (in case you can’t make it home).
• What to pack- remember to have an emergency kit which includes flashlights, battery/ crank operated radios, medication, chargers and cash. Don’t forget to pack a kit for your pets.
By making a resolution to take a few simple steps to prepare in advance, you can minimize the impact an emergency could have on your family, home or community.
On New Year’s Day, take time to visit Ready.gov/kids for all the info you need to start the conversation with your family including age-appropriate materials, template communications plans, emergency kit checklists and disaster fact sheets.
For questions or additional information, including how you can help in an emergency, contact the Norwalk FD- OEM at 203-854-0238 or firstname.lastname@example.org