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Title: Emergency Preparedness

  • Jennifer Jaquez
  • Disease Intervention Specialist
  • Kane County Health Department

  • September is National Preparedness Month and the
    goal is to increase the publics awareness about
    the importance of preparing for emergencies and
    to encourage them to take action to prepare
    themselves and their families.

Why is it important?
  • Having an emergency kit, a plan, and to be
    informed can help in many ways, such as
  • Protect our families
  • Reduce the impact an emergency has on our lives
  • Deal with the chaos

Would you be ready if there were an emergency?

There are 3 steps to follow
  • Make a kit
  • Make a plan
  • Be informed

1 Emergency Kit List
  • Kitchen Supplies
  • Large plastic container w/ lid
  • Garbage bags plastic ties
  • Can Openers/ plates/ utensils
  • Food/Drink
  • Water 3gallon per person
  • Food Ready-to-eat
  • Equipment
  • Radio/Flashlight w/ batteries
  • Whistle
  • Dust Mask
  • Wrench or pliers
  • Candles/Waterproof matches
  • Blankets
  • Fire Extinguisher

Emergency Kit List Cont.
  • Pharmacy/ First Aid
  • First Aid
  • Hygiene
  • Medicine
  • Other
  • Food/Water for pets
  • Toys/Games
  • Cash
  • Copies of important documents
  • Example of How an Emergency Kit should look like!

2 Make a Plan
  • Knowing what to do is your best protection!
  • Create a family disaster plan that includes
  • Communication plan
  • Disaster supplies kit
  • Evacuation plan

2 Make a Plan (Home)
  • Communication plan
  • Meet with your family and plan to share
    responsibilities and work together as a team.
  • Accommodate family member with special needs.
  • Dont forget to plan for your pets!
  • Designate an out-of-area contact person
  • Disaster supplies kit
  • Complete the checklist

2 Make a Plan (Home)
  • Evacuation plan
  • Discuss the types of disasters that are most
    likely to happen. Explain what to do in each
  • Locate your gas main and other utilities
  • Practice your plan
  • Pick two places to meet
  • Right outside your home
  • Outside the neighborhood

Plans for Schools
  • If you are a parent or guardian, make sure
    schools and daycare providers have emergency
    response plans.
  • Ask how they will communicate with families
    during a crisis.
  • Ask if they store adequate food, water and other
    basic supplies.
  • Find out if they are prepared to
    "shelter-in-place" if need be, and where they
    plan to go if they must get away.

Plans for the Workplace
  • If you are an employer, make sure your workplace
    has a building evacuation plan that is regularly
  • Direction Control Who is in charge of making
    critical decisions?
  • Communications How will you contact your

Workplace Cont.
  • Life Safety Teach your employees about
    evacuation and sheltering-in-place. Plan for
    employees with special needs or disabilities.
  • Property Protection Install protection systems.
    Identify critical records or data and back them
    up at another location.
  • Public Information/Media Relations Designate and
    train a spokesperson who can speak comfortably
    with the media and provide critical information
    for your clients and customers.

On the Road
  • If there is an explosion or other factor that
    makes it difficult to control the vehicle
  • Pull over, stop the car and set the parking brake
  • During a natural disaster
  • Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and
    other hazards
  • If a power line falls on your car you are at risk
    of electrical shock
  • Stay inside until a trained person removes the
  • Listen to the radio for information and
    instructions as they become available

3 Be Informed!
  • What do you actually know about different kinds
    of weather events and other unexpected
  • The words and terms you hear during emergencies
    can be confusing. Here are some common terms
  • WATCH means it is possible in your area
  • WARNING means it is headed in your area. Go to
    safety immediately.

What disasters could occur in your area?
  • Natural Disaster
  • Terrorism
  • Public Health Emergencies

Natural Disasters
  • Tornado
  • Thunderstorm Lightning
  • Flooding
  • Winter Storms Extreme Cold
  • Extreme Heat
  • Fires

4 Types of Terrorism
  • Conventional- Such as bombings and hijackings
  • Biological Use of bacteria, viruses or other
    harmful organisms, such as Anthrax
  • Chemical Use of a poison, such as nerve gas
  • Radiological Use of nuclear weapons or other
    radioactive materials

Public Health Emergencies
  • Influenza Pandemic
  • Seasonal Flu
  • West Nile Virus
  • Food-borne Illness

Thank You!
  • Kane County Health Dept.
  • 1240 N. Highland Ave.
  • Aurora, IL
  • www.kanehealth.com
  • Kane County Emergency Management
  • www.kcoem.org
  • Dept. of Homeland Security
  • www.dhs.gov
  • Ready America
  • www.ready.gov
  • Ready Illinois
  • www.ready.illinois.gov
  • American Red Cross
  • 121 N 2nd St G
  • St Charles, IL
  • www.redcross.org

Jennifer JaquezDisease Intervention
SpecialistDirect 630-444-3072Fax
630-897-8128Email jaquezjennifer_at_co.kane.il.us
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