General Guidance


There are actions you can take that will help get you ready for, and cope with any disaster. Knowing what to do is the best protection.

Remain Calm

Perhaps the most basic thing to remember is to keep calm. In emergency situations, people are often needlessly injured or killed because their actions were thoughtless and hurried. Remaining calm may mean the difference between life and death.

Plan and Practice

During the emergency, taking proper action may save your life. Take time to think and then act. It is best if the action has been planned in advance and has been practiced.

Stay Informed

Whenever a disaster strikes, it is advisable to have your television or radio turned on in order to hear the latest information or to receive instructions from local, state, and federal authorities.

Emergency Phone Use Only

Use your phone only to report important events to emergency officials. Emergency situations place incredible strain on communications systems. By unnecessarily tying up the telephone line, you may prevent others reporting serious emergencies or hamper the ability for authorities to respond to the emergency.

First Aid

Knowledge of first aid and emergency medical care can save lives and reduce suffering. All members of your family can acquire lifesaving skills by taking a general first aid class and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).