Disaster Preparedness

The City of Independence has created an Emergency Preparedness Guide: What To Do When Disaster Threatens.  This guide provides great information to prepare for a disaster and is available by contacting the Independence Fire Department at (216) 524-4001.  Information found in the guide and this web page can useful in critical times.

The Independence Fire Department has procedures in place to respond to unexpected disasters that may occur in our area of the country.  We will use our resources to help in times of critical events, but unfortunately, relief workers may not be able to reach everyone immediately.  Help may come to you in hours, or it may take several days.  In addition, basic services, such as electricity, gas, water, and telephones may be interrupted for  days, weeks or even longer.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency.  This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days.  It is a good idea to have a prepared Emergency Supply Kit available.

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
  • Food, at least three days of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle, to signal for help
  • Dust mask
  • Simple hand tools
  • Can opener
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with charger

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents
  • Cash
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Sturdy walking shoes
Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as making an emergency supply kit and developing a family communication plan, are the same for both natural and man-made emergencies.

However, there are important differences among potential emergencies that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take.  It is to your advantage to learn more about the potential emergencies that could happen in our area of the country and the appropriate way to respond to them.

This information, and more, can be found in the Emergency Preparedness Guide: What To Do When Disaster Threatens. This guide is available through the City of Independence. Other valuable information can be found on the Internet at numerous sites including www.ready.gov.