What You Can Do!
It’s hard to prepare for every situation, however there are many things you can do in order to be prepared to protect yourself and your loved ones.
· Have a list ready of who takes what medications. This information is necessary prior to dispensing medical counter measures at a mass dispensing clinic. If your family was forced to evacuate quickly it can help ensure they receive proper medication refills. Be sure to include food and drug allergies.
· Know what additional medical equipment support is necessary for daily living. Seniors and people with disabilities have their homes custom prepared to meet their daily needs from small details to big durable equipment, which can be overlooked in a hurried evacuation. Use this worksheet as a starting point to identify your electricity needs. Take note while you are not stressed.
· Know what you need and where it is. Identify ahead of time what you need to take if you had leave your home quickly. Pre-pack what you can to maximize your time. Seniors, families with small children, and some people with disabilities may have different needs. Don't forget your pets! Collars with tags, food, veterinary records, leashes and crates are all things that help make their evacuation less stressful for you and your pets.
· Know what to do and where to go. Plan and rehearse how you will get out of your home and where you will go. Having a known designated meeting location both near your house (in the event of a fire) or at a location away from your home (in the event of an evacuation) ensures everyone knows where to go. If you need help evacuating, pre-coordinate who will help you and practice that plan.
· Know how to check-in. Have a family communications plan. List important phone numbers and set a method or a third-party person everyone uses to check-in with. This allows others to know where everyone is and that they are okay or need assistance. For example, some people may call Aunt Sally in Chicago, use social media, or the Red Cross Safe and Well program.
· 10-Mile Emergency Planning Zone. In the event a radiological release from the Xcel Prairie Island Nuclear Power Plant, residents may be directed to evacuate or shelter in place. Families should review their shelter-in-place and evacuation plans. Talk with your school, day care, or appropriate long-term care facility to learn their plans for your family member.
The following links take you to automated emergency alert systems:
Consider signing up to help out in a public health emergency. Volunteers do not have to be medically trained.
Sign up for: Minnesota Responds —it is a good way to help your community out.