Take steps now to avoid becoming a victim during a disaster
(Mar 10, 2017)
Don’t become a victim is the first rule of community preparedness and resilience. What do we do to avoid becoming victims during community emergencies and disaster? How do we make our families and community more prepared and resilient for blizzards, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills and other natural and human caused hazards?
The primary steps to avoid becoming a victim during a disaster are:
- Situational awareness. Pay attention to weather forecasts and warnings from public safety officials.
- Be prepared to shelter in place. Make an emergency kit for your home and workplace so you can get by on your own for 2-3 days.
- Be prepared to evacuate. If you are asked to evacuate, do you know what you need to take with you, where you would go or how you would reconnect with your loved ones or work?
Blizzards and severe summer storms are two of the biggest community hazards we have in Westminster. Fortunately, both of these provide hours, and in some cases days, of warning time. Unfortunately, too many people don’t take these warnings seriously or in time to be prepared to shelter in place or evacuate.
In addition to listening to weather warnings on television and the radio, you can also subscribe to online weather alerts (visit the National Weather Service for a list of providers).
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides warnings through the Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) system, which is broadcast to inexpensive radios that monitor only public warning information in your area.
The Westminster Police Department can also send out warning information to your landline or cell phone using Code Red (sign up for Code Red online and click on “Resident Enrollment”). Land lines are automatically enrolled in Code Red, but you need to register your cell phone.
Community preparedness and resilience is a shared responsibility. Being aware of the hazards is a first step.
If you would like more information on what you can do now, visit the city's Office of Emergency Management website.
If you would like routine updates on what the Westminster Emergency Management is doing, “like” the Office of Emergency Management Facebook page.