Emergency Management Agency
"Supporting a countywide response network while cultivating disaster resilient communities"
Plan for Disasters
Make your family resilient today.
There are real benefits to being prepared:
Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do in the event of a fire and where to seek shelter during a tornado. They should be ready to evacuate their homes and take refuge in public shelters and know how to care for their basic needs.
People also can reduce the impact of disasters (flood proofing, elevating a home or moving a home out of harm's way, and securing items that could shake loose in an earthquake) and sometimes avoid the danger completely.
Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Each disaster has lasting effects, both to people and property.
If a disaster occurs in your community, local government and disaster-relief organizations will try to help you, but you need to be ready as well. Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere.
You should know how to respond to any disaster that could occur including natural, man-made, chemical or technological.
You should also be ready to be self-sufficient for at least three days (72 hours). This may mean providing for your own shelter, first aid, food, water and sanitation.
What is the Definition of a Disaster?
ORC 5502.21 defines a disaster as: "Disaster" means any imminent threat or actual occurrence of widespread or severe damage to or loss of property, personal hardship or injury, or loss of life that results from any natural phenomenon or act of a human.