Preparedness

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So many things in life can come at you unexpectedly with the potential to wreak havoc and even threaten your life.  However, there is much you can do in advance to be prepared for the unexpected and minimize the impact of these events.  Here you will find resources to help you get ready to face these potential calamities.

Quick Links

1. Evacuation Locations
2. Washoe County Emergency Preparedness Guide
 

Emergency Kits

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KITS FOR YOUR HOME AND VEHICLE ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF KEEPING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SAFE IN TIMES OF EMERGENCY. Being prepared ahead of time not only provides you with piece-of-mind but is the best insurance should disaster strike. Don’t Delay, Prepare Today!

Car Kits

Car Kits 3 types

96 Hour Kits

1. 96 hour Kit Checklist- Adult Specific
2. 96 hour Kit Checklist- Elderly Specific
3. 96 hour Kit Checklist- Family Combo
4. 96 hour Kit Checklist- Infant Specific
5. 96 Hour Kit Food Ideas
6. 96 hour Kit Checklist- Pet Specific
7. 96 hour kit -- after 30 yrs. of trial and error

Evacuation Planning

A wide variety of emergencies may cause an evacuation. In some instances you may have a day or two to prepare, while other situations might call for an immediate evacuation. Planning ahead is vital to ensuring that you can evacuate quickly and safely, no matter what the circumstances. It is important that in advance of an emergency that you have regularly update information on your family members and especially your children. Important details to keep on file are:
  • Age
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Hair Color
  • Eye Color
  • Distinguishing Marks
  • Allergies
  • Blood Type
  • Medical Information
  • Thumb Prints
  • Photos
  • Social Security Number
Here are lists of important things to know and/or to have ready to go at a moment's notice:
1. You have to think of two types of evacuation
2. Emergency documents to have
3. Reno Stake Evacuation Locations
4. Washoe-County-Emergency-Preparedness-Guide
5. Wallet Card- important information
6. Emergency-Kid-ID-card
7. Basic Information to Have On Hand in and Emergency



"Before an Evacuation

  • Learn the types of disasters that are likely in your community and the local emergency, evacuation, and shelter plans for each specific disaster.
  • Plan how you will leave and where you will go if you are advised to evacuate.
    • Identify several places you could go in an emergency such as a friend’s home in another town or a motel. Choose destinations in different directions so that you have options during an emergency.
    • If needed, identify a place to stay that will accept pets. Most public shelters allow only service animals.
    • Be familiar with alternate routes and other means of transportation out of your area.
    • Always follow the instructions of local officials and remember that your evacuation route may be on foot depending on the type of disaster.
  • Develop a family/household communication and re-unification plan so that you can maintain contact and take the best actions for each of you and re-unite if you are separated.
    • Assemble supplies that are ready for evacuation, both a “go-bag” you can carry when you evacuate on foot or public transportation and supplies for traveling by longer distances if you have a personal vehicle.
      • If you have a car: Keep a full tank of gas in it if an evacuation seems likely. Keep a half tank of gas in it at all times in case of an unexpected need to evacuate. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages. Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion and delay.
      • Make sure you have a portable emergency kit in the car.
  • If you do not have a car, plan how you will leave if needed. Make arrangements with family, friends or your local government.

During an Evacuation

  • A list of open shelters can be found during an active disaster in your local area by downloading the FEMA app
  • Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions. Take your emergency supply kit.
  • Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
  • Take your pets with you, but understand that only service animals may be permitted in public shelters. Plan how you will care for your pets in an emergency now.
  • If time allows:
    • Call or email the out-of-state contact in your family communications plan. Tell them where you are going.
    • Secure your home by closing and locking doors and windows.
    • Unplug electrical equipment such as radios, televisions and small appliances. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding. If there is damage to your home and you are instructed to do so, shut off water, gas and electricity before leaving.
    • Leave a note telling others when you left and where you are going. Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and a hat.
    • Check with neighbors who may need a ride.
    • Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked.
    • Be alert for road hazards such as washed-out roads or bridges and downed power lines. Do not drive into flooded areas.

After an Evacuation

If you evacuated for the storm, check with local officials both where you’re staying and back home before you travel.
  • Residents returning to disaster-affected areas after significant events should expect and prepare for disruptions to daily activities, and remember that returning home before storm debris is cleared is dangerous.
  • Let friends and family know before you leave and when you arrive.
  • Charge devices and consider getting back-up batteries in case power-outages continue.
  • Fill up your gas tank and consider downloading a fuel app to check for outages along your route.
  • Bring supplies such as water and non-perishable food for the car ride.
  • Avoid downed power or utility lines; they may be live with deadly voltage.
  • Stay away and report them immediately to your power or utility company.
  • Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home's electrical system." (Source Ready.gov)

Natural Disasters

Communication

Places to Meet

Outside Area Contact

Devices Used for Communicating in a Disaster

First Aid

Having basic first aid knowledge is essential. It does more than just saving peoples lives, which it certainly can, but it also can increase their recovery time. First aid can be the difference between someone being permanently disabled versus someone that is has a short term recovery.

Hygiene for emergency situations
Personal Protection Equipment Masks and Gloves
What Everyone Should Know to Stop Bleeding After an Injury booklet

Four Stop the Bleed Videos

Food and Water Storage

When the Power Goes Out

NV Power outages

Alternative Lighting

Alternative Lighting
GLOWSTICKS uses of

Alternative Ways of Cooking

Grilling
How to make Foil Dinners
Foil dinners
Dutch Oven Recipes
How to Dutch Oven Cook

Alternative Heat

Canned Heat, how to make it

Alternative Refrigeration

Thoughts, Talks, and Quotes on Preparedness

How-Beautiful-to-Live-in-These-Times-and-Be-Prepared
2 Nephi 28-21, 25
Prepare for the Days of Tribulation
Preparation for the Second Coming
If Ye are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear (2004)
To the Boys and To the Men
If Ye are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear (1995)
Family Preparedness
Food Storage
Watch That Ye May be Ready
Prepare Yourselves for the Great Day of the Lord
Need not Fear His Coming

President Ezra Taft Benson said, "The scriptural parable of the five wise and five foolish virgins is a reminder that one can wait too long before he attempts to get his spiritual and temporal house in order. Are we prepared? A man should not only be prepared to protect himself physically, but he should also have on hand sufficient supplies to sustain himself and his family in an emergency." (Conference Report, April 1967, p.61)

At the April 1978 conference, Boyd K. Packer said: “When people are able but unwilling to take care of themselves, we are responsible to employ the dictum of the Lord that the idler shall not eat the bread of the laborer. D&C 42:42: Thou shalt not be idle; for he that is idle shall not eat the bread nor wear the garments of the laborer.