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Emergency Preparedness 2016

Dalton Daily CItizen, Dalton Magazine

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Be Prepared — Emergency Guide 9 Once the shock of an emergency wears off and you take time to assess the situation, the first thing you will likely think of is reaching out to loved ones. Communication within the first hours of a post- emergency situation are crucial to community members, business owners and government officials alike. You will want to track down to family members and friends to make sure they are safe. Business owners will feel the responsibility to reach out to customers and the family members of employees. The same goes for school administrators, who will be compelled to alert parents and guardians about their children's safety. Regulators and safety officials will also need to be contacted to make sure an area is secure. As you can see, the communications tree is extensive when it comes to making sure people have the information they need to respond to the situation at hand. Communication can be extremely challenging without properly working satellite signals, phone lines or electricity. There are some steps you can take, however, to make sure you're able to get in touch with those you love. Be Prepared How many contact numbers in your phone do you have memorized? Five? Three? One? The convenience of our smartphones dialing calls for us means we have gotten away from remembering specific numbers. Could you recite the numbers of more than a couple of your friends? How about your employer's phone number? You may find yourself in a situation where you're forced to use someone else's phone in an emergency. Prepare yourself by making a physical list now of the most critical contacts in your phone. Keep the list in your purse or in a safe place in your home. You never know when you'll need it, and when the time comes, you'll be happy you made the list. The Community Members of the community are crucial in making sure that communications are shared throughout the population. By staying calm in the face of an emergency and paying attention to specific orders from authorities, you can help cut down on unnecessary injuries or damage to property. If you see that a message has been announced by a local emergency management agency or police office, do your best to share it with your friends or family members. Newspapers are a great source of such information, so be sure to follow your local paper on social media or check its homepage if a disaster takes place. If you are a government official, member of the media or a business owner, check out www.ready.gov for specific tips on how to handle an emergency situation Communicating in the first few hours

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