emergency plan

6 Steps to a Complete Emergency Plan

In the event of a weather related emergency, make sure you’re prepared well in advance

If an emergency strikes, are you prepared to handle it? The best way to prepare is to start by compiling a portable disaster supplies kit. Below is a list of recommended items that may come in handy if you’re stuck at home, in the car, or need to evacuate immediately, be sure to save it, print it, and pass it along to family and friends.

1. Supplies for Emergency/Disaster Survival Kit:

  • Water

  • Non-Perishable Food (canned meats/fruits/vegetables, peanut butter, trail mix, special dietary foods, baby food/formula, nuts, energy drinks, etc…)

  • Can Opener

  • Medications

  • First Aid Kit

  • Flashlight & Extra Batteries

  • Dust Masks

  • Cell Phone

  • Solar Charger

  • Signal for Help (Whistle, Signal Mirror, or Firestarter)

  • Matches

  • Blanket

  • Radio (battery operated)

  • Hand Warmers

  • Rain Gear (compact ponchos)

  • Gloves

  • Sunscreen

  • Fixed-Blade Knife or Multi-tool (such as a Leatherman)

  • Emergency Contact List (see below)

2. Get Help ASAP: Emergency Contact List:

  • 911- will connect you with local emergency services

  • Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency, (205) 254-2039, to find other AL county EMA contact info. visit http://ema.alabama.gov/county.cfm

  • Birmingham Regional EMS System, (205) 934-2595 or bremms@uab.edu

  • UAB Hospital, (205) 934-4011

  • St. Vincent’s Health System, (205) 939-7000

  • Brookwood Medical Center, (205) 877-1000

  • Trinity Medical Center, (205) 592-1000

  • Children’s Hospital, (205) 638-9100

  • Regional Paramedics, (205) 956-1172

  • ADEM – Central Office, (334) 271-7700

  • ADEM Office of Emergency Response (General Information Only), (334) 260-2717

  • National Response Center, (202) 267-2675

  • Emergency and Specialty Animal Medical Center, (205) 967-7389

  • VCA Becker Animal Hospital, (205) 871-2371

3. Local Resources for Timely Updates:

4. Prepare Before Disaster Strikes:

5. Seek Post-Disaster Relief:

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides services for disaster assistance, crisis counseling, disaster legal services, disaster unemployment, and/or flood losses. Call (800) 621-FEMA (3362) for assistance.

  • Register yourself as “Safe and well” or find a missing loved one by visiting American Red Cross’s Safe and Well website at https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

  • Reach out to your local church or faith-based organizations devoted to helping disaster victims, such as the Birmingham Baptist Association, United Church of Christ, Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama, and ServeAlabama

  • Search for hashtags #ALNeeds and #WeAreAlabama on Twitter

  • Ask family and friends for help

6. Help Others Affected by Disaster:

  • Donate blood at Red Cross, LifeSouth Community Blood Center, Blood Assurance, or PlasmaCare Inc.

  • Volunteer by finding disaster relief opportunities at http://www.volunteermatch.org/ and http://www.handsonbirmingham.org/disaster_relief

  • Donate to the Salvation Army, Birmingham Baptist Association’s Disaster Relief Ministry, Jimmie Hale Mission, and other disaster-relief organizations

  • Reach out to Alabamians on Twitter by using the hashtag #ALHaves

  • Simply ask your neighbors and friends how you can help. As Governor Robert Bentley stated, “Help your neighbor out. That’s what we do here in Alabama.”

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