Help your family be prepared!
1. Call a family meeting and make a plan.
Some disasters strike without any warning, and family members may not all be in the same place. How will you get in touch with each other? Where will you meet? How will you get out of your house in case of a fire? What if your neighborhood is being evacuated? It’s important to make a plan now so that you will know what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency. Download the Make a Plan form here.
2. Be prepared. Build a kit.
Being prepared for an emergency isn’t just about staying safe during a disaster. It’s about how to stay comfortable, clean, fed and healthy afterwards – when a storm or disaster may have knocked out electricity.
If you lost power, how would you eat? The refrigerator can’t keep foods cold. The microwave can’t warm things up. You might not get clean water out of your faucets. How would you find out whether it was safe to travel? Not from the TV or computer.
That’s why it’s important for families to work together to build an emergency kit before an emergency strikes. There should be enough food, water, clothing and supplies to last for at least three days. Download a Kit List here.
3. .Stay informed. Know the facts and be empowered.
Emergencies can be scary. But the more you know about them, the better you can deal with what comes your way—during and after. Learn more about the natural disasters that occur in our county: their cause, where they occur, and how to stay safe. Download the Taking Responsibility Flier here.
Download the What to Do flier to learn more about the types disasters that can happen in our County.
What’s the Deal with Radon?
Radon is a natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home can be life threatening to your family. In the U.S., radon is thought to cause approximately 21,000 cases of lung cancer each year and is most likely the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers? So get your house tested and know your risk.
Participate in the Fluvanna Study and get a free radon test kit for your home.
Call 434-591-1950 for more information.
Stop by and pick up a FREE kit from VCE Fluvanna Office, 132 Main Street, Palmyra.
For more information, visit www.epa.gov/radon or http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/radiologicalhealth/Radon/
Sponsored by the Virginia Dept. of Health, Virginia Cooperative Extension (Fluvanna Unit),
and Fluvanna County Dept. of Emergency Management.
Is your family's emergency kit a disaster?
Nearly 60% of Americans say they currently do not have a family emergency plan in case of a natural disaster or other emergency, according to a 2013 national survey conducted by the Ad Council. To encourage parents to engage their children in a conversation about preparing for emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters, FEMA and the Ad Council created new PSAs as part of their Redy Kids campagin.
Click here to watch ad.
Click here to watch ad.
- New unconventional ad campaign encourages families to create an emergency plan
- Six out of 10 Americans don't have a disaster plan, according to survey
- Only 19% said they were very prepared for a disaster
- One tag line for quirky campaign: Winging it is not an emergency plan
To see more about the Ad Council campgain, visit the Ad Council's webpage.