The risk of natural disasters is very real in central Missouri. Fires, floods, tornados, hail storms, winter storms, and even earthquakes are familiar events to all of us. While the threat of a terrorist attack remains unlikely in our community, because of the threat of natural disasters that can occur anytime during the year, the Columbia Fire Department encourages you and your family to make a plan, gather some simple basic supplies, and then practice your plan.
A large scale disaster will stretch the limits of all available emergency services such as police, fire, EMS and public utilities. Because of this, your family should be prepared to sustain itself for a time period of between 24 and 72 hours.
Below are some basic instructions in creating a family emergency plan and some useful web links. As always, should you have questions or comments not answered on our web site, please call us at 573-874-7556.
To learn more about making a plan review the Office of Emergency Management's Disaster Planning information.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Guide -
Are Your Ready?
Remember, after you plan, practice, practice, practice.
Useful Web sites -
www.fema.gov - The Federal Emergency Management Agency
www.dhs.gov - The Department of Homeland Security