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Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency Frequently Asked Questions



Category: Main -> Emergency Preparedness

Question
·  What is Emergency Preparedness?
·  What is considered an emergency?
·  What does it mean to Be Prepared?
·  Who can help me prepare?
·  What should I be prepared for? What am I at risk for?
·  How do I prepare?
·  What does ''''3 days'''' mean?

Answer
·  What is Emergency Preparedness?

Emergency Preparedness refers to having a plan, either personal or family, to respond to and follow if an emergency were to occur.

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·  What is considered an emergency?

Four our intents and purposes, an emergency is a potential personal safety or life safety issue to you or a member of your family. 

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·  What does it mean to Be Prepared?

Being prepared implies that, were an emergency to occur, you would be ready to respond to that specific event.

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·  Who can help me prepare?

Both the Federal and State have published information on personal preparation planning.  The EMA office is available to answer questions as well.

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·  What should I be prepared for? What am I at risk for?

In Stephenson County, some of the emergencies you should consider include:

  • Severe weather, resulting in flash flooding, loss of electricity and communication systems
  • A fire in your home
  • Loss of heat during the winter
  • Lost or missing child or older adult
  • If you live near the railroad (1/2 miles), evacuation from your home due to a train accident
  • If you live near a major highway (1/2 miles), evacuation due to a serious accident
  • If you live near a facility that uses chemicals, then the possibility of a shelter-in-place or evacuation 
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·  How do I prepare?

The EMA suggests doing a "threat assessment", look around you for potential threats and plan accordingly.  If you need examples of what could happen, media has examples every day of family emergencies.  You just have to ask yourself what you would do in that event and then ask your family members - what would you do?  Their answer will begin your planning process. 

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·  What does ''''3 days'''' mean?

Disasters happen in a matter of minutes, hours or even days.  The aftermath takes a long time to either correct, repair, clean up from, or rebuild.  In Stephenson County we have always gone by the ''3 day rule''.  Always be prepared to go it alone for three days - food, water, medical supplies, batteries for radios, gasoline if you have a generator, canned foods if the refrigerator can not operate, flashlights, etc.

Also, you need to discuss your plans with your family living out of the area.  Families are frequently calling to check on missing people.  We then expend resources to attempt to locate the missing when, often times, they are not really missing at all.

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