- Homeland Security & Emergency Management
- Disaster Advice
What to Do to Protect Yourself
Emergencies can happen anywhere and anytime. They can happen to you. In an emergency situation, it is vital to think clearly and react quickly. If an emergency occurs, it is essential for you to know what to do. The time to find this out is before an emergency happens.
Once an emergency occurs, do not panic. Emergency information will be broadcast on the Emergency Alert System, on local radio and television stations, the NOAA weather radio and the Cable Interrupt System. But in an emergency, it is up to you to determine what action is appropriate.
Learn what to do during and after an earthquake.
Find out what to do if an evacuation is necessary.
Family Disaster Plan
Plan ahead to keep your family safe during a disaster.
Most fires are caused by carelessness, improper storage of flammable materials or the deliberate setting of fires. Wherever you are, plan your safety before tragedy strikes.
In many regions flash floods can strike with little or no warning. Local rains may be so intense that small creeks and streams are unable to accommodate so much water.
Access tips of what to do before, during, and after a flood.
Hazardous Materials Incident
Hazardous materials are substances, which, because of their chemical, physical, or biological properties, pose a potential risk to health, property or the environment.
Shelter in Place
Choosing to take shelter is necessary in many emergencies.
A tornado is a violent storm with spiraling high-speed winds. Tornadoes are usually accompanied by hail, severe thunderstorms, and wind. The noise of a tornado has been described as a roaring sound like a train far away.
Blizzards, heavy snows, ice storms, freezing rain, or sleet can be serious hazards.