Preparedness Alert: Tsunami Advisory for the West Coast

September 29, 2009

Preparedness Alert

Persons in low-lying coastal areas should be alert to instructions from their local emergency officials and the National Weather Service. Evacuations are only ordered by emergency response agencies. Persons in Tsunami Advisory areas should move out of the water, off the beach and out of harbors and marinas. Currents may be hazardous to swimmers, boats and coastal structures and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.

Here are some actions you can take to prepare:

Build a Kit: Pack three days of food, water and supplies in a bag. Also include medications, important documents, contact information, radio, first aid kit, map, money, tools, personal supplies, pet supplies.

Make a Plan: Establish responsibilities to each member of your family and work together as a team. Tell everyone in the household where emergency information and supplies are kept. Develop a family communication plan.

Be Informed: Identify how local authorities will notify you during a disaster and how you will get information, whether through local radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio stations or channels.


Swine Flu: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed

April 28, 2009

U.S. government officials declared a public health emergency due to the current Swine flu (H1N1) outbreak. The Red Cross offers three simple steps to get prepared for Swine flu (H1N1) and other emergencies.

  • Get a Kit: 2-week supply of food and water; first aid kit; extra supplies of medication, sanitation and personal hygiene items.
  • Make a Plan: Meet with members of your household and discuss what you would do if the Swine flu (H1N1) spreads to your community.
  • Be Informed: Pay attention to local news reports and follow the guidance of local and national public health officials.

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