Links to other websites:
• CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - emergency preparedness and response
• Animal preparedness from the Federal Emergency Management Agency
Although infrequent, natural disasters always are a possibility. In the past, Clark County has seen major flooding, earthquakes, ice storms, summer fires, volcanic eruptions and the occasional tornado and windstorm. Recently, the possibility of terrorist acts, including bioterrorism, has been added to the list of potential disasters.
Most of us don't like to think about a disaster in our community, much less take the time and expense to prepare our homes, families and businesses for one. But consider this: In any emergency, first responders will be dealing with critical life and death situations and most community disaster plans take three days or more to implement.
What that means is in the event of a major emergency – an earthquake, for instance – people both at home and at work need to be able to go it alone for 72 hours. Being able to sustain our families and ourselves for at least that long is essential.
Each of us needs a personal emergency plan and items such as food, hygiene supplies and medications to meet our needs for 72 hours or longer. On the right are links to disaster planning and response information.