We are encouraged by our friends at Tulsa Partners to share the following with you. Prepare your own family disaster plan!
Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services, such as water, gas, electricity, or telephones were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away.
Families can and do cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility. Everyone should have an emergency plan to stay safe and communicate in case of flooding or other disasters.
Floods can occur during any season, especially if you live in a low-lying area, along a levee or downstream from a dam. Preparing an emergency plan in case of a flood or other disaster is very important, especially for families. Talk with your family about creating a flood safety plan and disaster supply kit. For tools and tips visit: http://www.ready.gov/kids/know-the-facts/floods
A National Weather Service (NWS) WATCH is a message indicating that conditions favor the occurrence of a certain type of hazardous weather. For example, a severe thunderstorm watch means that a severe thunderstorm is expected in the next six hours or so within an area approximately 120 to 150 miles wide and 300 to 400 miles long (36,000 to 60,000 square miles). The NWS Storm Prediction Center issues such watches. Local NWS forecast offices issue other watches (flash flood, winter weather, etc.) 12 to 36 hours in advance of a possible hazardous-weather or flooding event. Each local forecast office usually covers a state or a portion of a state.
An NWS WARNING indicates that a hazardous event is occurring or is imminent in about 30 minutes to an hour. Local NWS forecast offices issue warnings on a county-by-county basis.
Creating a disaster supply kit is easy, all you need is a backpack and a few household supplies. Some ideas for what to put in a kit: bottled water, non-perishable food/snacks, first aid kit, all-season clothes and sturdy shoes, flashlights, batteries, extra prescription medicine, a blanket, a NOAA weather radio, pet and baby supplies and any other essentials you will need in case you have to evacuate immediately or are without basic utilities for several days. More information about building disaster supply kits can be found at: http://www.ready.gov/kit
To learn more about your risk of flooding and how to be prepared call the City of Tulsa Customer Care Center at (918) 596-2100, or visit: www.floodsmart.gov or https://www.cityoftulsa.org/city-services/flood-control.aspx
To learn more about preparing a Family Disaster Plan, visit this Tulsa Partners, Inc. page: http://tulsapartners.org/tpi/be-prepared/get-a-plan/
More about Tulsa Partners, Inc.
Tulsa Partners, Inc. is a non-profit organization incorporated in December 2000. The organization is an outgrowth of the highly successful Tulsa Project Impact program and has an established track record for effectively developing partnerships with diverse entities, both public and private, leveraging those partnerships to develop high-impact community programs, and institutionalizing the programs within existing partner organizations.
Tulsa Partners’ Vision: To create a disaster-resistant and sustainable community.
Tulsa Partners’ Mission Statement: To mobilize all segments of the population to build a disaster-resistant, sustainable community. By building public/private partnerships, Tulsa Partners, Inc. will:
- Promote and advocate for sustainability and disaster resistance;
- Provide education programs;
- Develop mentoring relationships;
- Recognize and celebrate community efforts; and
- Act as a clearing house for expertise and information.
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