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Chandler Fire encourages everyone to be prepared

September 24th, 2020 Editorial Staff
Chandler Fire encourages everyone to be prepared
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By the City of Chandler

People everywhere are learning the importance of being prepared for the unexpected.

Emergencies can happen at any time, anywhere, and while natural disasters or widespread emergencies are uncommon in Chandler, we are not without our share of risks.

That is why the Chandler Fire Department recommends that every household talk about potential situations, make plans together and take steps to prepare for a variety of emergencies.

Start with a plan. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Talk to your friends and family about how you will contact one another and reconnect if separated. Do you have important phone numbers memorized or written down where you can quickly access them?

In case you are separated, establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. You can find helpful planning documents at ready.gov/plan. Once you create a plan together, review it regularly and practice various scenarios.

Build an emergency supply kit. You will want to compile essential items that will provide for the basic needs of everyone living in your home (plus your pets) for at least 72 hours. You should consider the unique needs each person or pet, especially if you have to evacuate quickly.

Your emergency kit should contain items that will help the family be self-reliant in the event of a power outage, suspension of water service and the inability to access supermarkets or other local services and resources you rely on every day. It also is recommended that you keep a small emergency kit in every vehicle.

Here are some recommended items for your emergency kit: bottled water (at least one gallon per person, per day) and other beverages with electrolytes; non-perishable food for at least 3 days; first aid essentials to treat minor injuries; prescription medications; over-the-counter meds (have appropriate medicine children as it may differ from what adults need); a thermometer, extra eyeglasses and infant needs, like diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream; hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and bleach; paper products and plastic utensils; personal hygiene supplies and face coverings; garbage bags and rubber gloves; pet supplies; change of clothes and blankets, manual can opener; flashlights and extra batteries as well as crank generator and radio; cash or traveler’s checks, cell phone charge; important family documents;

Have an emergency contacts list of family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department and other community resources. Write down important passwords that might come in handy as well as notebook paper and pencil.

Check your kit and update its contents at least once a year.

Get training. Learn how to safely shut off utilities at your home. At least one family member should learn first aid and CPR.

And check chandleraz.gov/fire to find out when the next Basic Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training sessions will be held.

Chandler CERT’s purpose is to teach individual preparedness and coping skills to residents so they are better prepared to take care of themselves and their families following a natural or man-made disaster for up to 72 hours, or until help arrives to assist them. The Basic CERT course is a free 2-day, 16-hour program.

Information: chandleraz.gov/fire

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