Emergency Preparedness

Steps to being prepared for a disaster or emergency

When you also consider that the number of possible declared major disasters, preparedness becomes an even more critical issue. Though each situation is unique, any one can be better prepared if they plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for emergencies of all kinds.

Make a Plan

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.

Be Informed

Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as making an emergency supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency.  However, there are important differences among potential emergencies that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. There are many potential emergencies that could happen in the City of St Louis and the appropriate way to respond to them may also vary.  Please be aware that some emergencies may require you to shelter-in-place, while others may require you to evacuate from your home, neighborhood or even the city.  Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.  

Staying informed is an important part of any emergency situation, and there are a number of ways that you can get that information. 

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