National Preparedness Month, recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, even in communities like Downers Grove. In times of crisis, it is important to be self-sufficient as police, fire and rescue may not be able to reach you quickly. Crews may be delayed by downed trees or power lines, or they may be overwhelmed by the demand from the emergency.
"Preparedness is a shared responsibility and it takes a whole community," said Jennifer Rizzo, Village of Downers Grove Emergency Management Coordinator. "All households are advised to prepare for an event that may include the loss of electricity, water service, and access to a supermarket or local services for a few days."
Preparedness videos for a variety of populations can be found on the Village's You Tube channel. View the playlist "Preparedness".
To begin your preparations, follow these three simple steps:
Get a Kit
Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for your family for at least three days-water (one gallon, per person, per day), non-perishable food, first aid supplies, prescriptions flashlight and a battery powered radio. If you own a pet, remember to include their food and supplies in your kit.
Make a Plan
Be sure everyone in the family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. Establish responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.
- Designate two locations to meet in case it is impossible to return home or if you have to evacuate; one near your home and one outside of the neighborhood. Make sure your family knows the address and phone number of both locations.
- Designate an out-of-area contact person. This person should be far enough away that it is unlikely he or she would be affected by the same emergency. Family members should call this person to report their locations if they cannot reach each other. Provide your contact person with important names and numbers so he or she can assist in keeping others posted on your situation. Create a communications card for each member of your household to keep with them at all times.
- Discuss with your family the types of disasters that can happen where you live.
- Visit Ready.gov or ready.illinois.gov to find preparedness information.
- It's also a good time to update information the Village has on file for the Community Wide Notification System. The system is used to communicate important messages in the public interest of both of emergency and non-emergency natures.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to register additional devices (up to three phone numbers and two email addresses) by which to be contacted. To add or change information, click on One-Step Notification or call the Community Response Center at (630) 434-2255.
For more emergency preparedness information and planning tools, visit Ready.gov.
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