When nearly 200,000 people were told there was an emergency arising at the Oroville Dam in Butte County and evacuating their homes was a must, you can bet many families did not have a plan – where would they go, how would they contact family members, did they have full tanks of gasoline in their vehicles, a portable emergency supply kit with blankets, water, medication, prescriptions, paperwork, and food?
“No one expected Sunday afternoon February 12th that they’d be told to quickly evacuate their homes and sit on freeways for hours trying to get to higher ground,” said CSLEA Foundation Chair Kenny Ehrman. “Having a plan in place removes fear and emotion that can accompany emergencies and the need to evacuate.”
Thinks to think about:
- Be informed, be sure you have subscribed to text alerts from your local government, have a portable radio if necessary, have the ability to charge a phone in your vehicle.
- Make an evacuation plan – where will you go, who will you contact? Often when communication is difficult, it is best to have one contact out of town or out of state in which family members involved in the emergency can communicate with.
- Build an emergency supply kit that includes water, food, medication, prescriptions, first-aid supplies, blankets, and any important paper work.
- Try to keep your vehicle’s gas tank more full, than empty.