Richard H. Fiske, III
Preparedness Tip #14: Locate Utility Shut-Off Valves
Careful planning and preparation might save your life during a major disaster. Remember, because emergencies are a matter of "when" and not "if," it is important to regularly update your Emergency Supply Kit, Family Communications Plan (64KB) and Family Disaster Plan.
Preplanning can also help alleviate some of the stress of an emergency should one occur. The following are some helpful preparedness ideas to consider Before an Emergency.
Because emergencies can be very stressful, it is important to remain calm and patient throughout the duration of an event. During an emergency is the time to implement the plans you have created and the exercises and drills you have practiced. The following are broad guidelines to follow During an Emergency.
Because more injuries and deaths can occur after an emergency than during, it is important to make sure it is safe before you go outside. Often times following an emergency people become anxious to get outside to help others or survey the damage. By doing so prematurely, they can come into contact with downed power lines or unstable trees and structures, and become injured. This is one of the reasons why it is important to maintain communications and continue to receive critical safety information from media sources, such as television and radio. It is also recommended that you register for the City of Worcester's Emergency Alert Notification System, ALERTWorcester, to receive time sensitive messages that will help keep you and your family safe and informed. The following are some suggestions for staying safe After an Emergency.