Column: Take 12 steps to prepare for disasters
Q: How do I prepare my family for a natural disaster?
A: Thank you for the question as it is very timely as September is "National Preparedness Month."
Our community can face a natural disaster at any time, disaster like floods, tornadoes, fires or man-made hazards (oil spill, explosions) can happen with little or no warning — but if we are prepared as a community, we will know how to respond appropriately.
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1.Make a plan.
The goal: Understand what puts you at risk from disasters and take steps to lower your risk.
The goal: Have enough water on-hand for your family to last three days (72 hours). This should be about 3 gallons per person.
The goal: Know how to respond safely when instructions are given to evacuate or take shelter.
The goal: Have an emergency food supply that will meet the needs of your household for three days without outside help.
5. Work, school, community
The goal: Make sure everyone in your household can receive, understand and act on information received in an emergency
6. Unique family needs.
The goal: Be aware of and prepare for your family's unique needs.
7. Communication plan.
The goal: Have the ability to communicate with family members during a disaster
8. Get involved.
The goal: Make your community stronger by getting trained and getting involved.
9. Be informed.
The goal: Make sure everyone in your household can receive, understand and act on information received in an emergency.
The goal: Be able to safely meet your basic needs during an electrical outage.
11. First aid.
The goal: be prepared to give first aid while waiting for an ambulance.
12. Code Red & Do 1 Thing.
For more information contact captain Tony Grosso via email at tony.grosso@.ci.red-wing.mn.us or by telephone (651)-267-2611.
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4.Evacuation map: https://www.red-wing.org/media/files/departments/emergencymgmt/evacuatio...
6. State Office: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem/Pages/default.aspx
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