|Morgan County Emergency Management Agency
Office of Homeland Security
Where will you or your family be when disaster strikes? You could be anywhere, at work, at school, or in the car. How will you find each other? Will
you know if your children are safe? Follow these 4 Steps to Safety:
BE PREPARED. FIND OUT WHAT THE HAZARDS ARE.
What types of hazards can you be affected by in Morgan County.
We can also be impacted by Pandemic, Home Fires, and Technological & Accidental Hazards such as blackouts, hazardous materials incidents
(fixed facility and transportation), household chemical emergencies, as well as Terrorist Hazards.
CREATE A FAMILY DISASTER PLAN.
Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster. Explain the dangers of the various hazards. Plan to share
responsibilities and work together as a team. Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain what to do in each case.
Use the Family Disaster Plan template as a guide to help you through the process.
Pick two meeting places:
1.) Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire.
2.) Outside your neighborhood in case you can't return home. Everyone needs to know the address and phone number.
Ask an out-of-state family member or friend to be your "family contact." After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance, as well as to talk
with a person who is removed from the disaster you and your family are dealing with. Everyone must know the out-of-state contact’s name and
COMPLETE THIS CHECKLIST
PRACTICE AND MAINTAIN YOUR PLAN
Also, consider NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS. Working with neighbors can save lives and property. Meet with your neighbors to plan how
the neighborhood could work together after a disaster until help arrives.
If you're a member of a neighborhood organization, such as a home association or a neighborhood watch, introduce disaster preparedness as a
new activity. Know your neighbors' special skills (e.g., medical, technical) and consider how you could help neighbors who have special needs,
such as disabled and elderly persons. Make plans for child care in case parents can't get home.
If you have any questions, or would like further information on Family Disaster Preparedness, please contact our office.