Before an emergency strikes, talk with your family about what to do and how to stay in contact during an emergency situation. Setting up a family communication plan and preparing an emergency supply kit can help to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones in the event that an emergency situation occurs. Every emergency is different, therefore, the course of action and precautions you will need to take may vary. Be prepared!
Emergency Broadcast Radio Stations (EBRS)/Local Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a way for citizens to be informed of an emergency or disaster in their area. Messages are broadcase through radio and some cable TV networks. Radio stations that broadcast EAS notifications in New Castle County are:
Other communication systems that are available to you are:
Ultilizing these communication systems during an emergency can help keep local residents informed about the nature of an event and what you can do to keep you and your family safe.
A Community Emergency Shelter is a temporary, safe place to stay for individuals and families affected by a disaster. Each community shelter will be able to accommodate the following needs listed below, depending on the incident and the evacuated population.
Initial evacuation for short notice events will be to a local fire station or other community site while a shelter location is assessed and the shelter staff is notified. In the event that you are advised to evacuate, emergency personnel will tell you where these shelters are located. Listed below are different types of facilities that emergency officials may direct you to:
What to bring to a Shelter
NOT allowed in Community Emergency Shelters
Agencies sponsoring & operating shelters do not take responsibility for lost or stolen items. Keep valuables in a safe location outside of the shelter setting.
Additional Shelter Rules will be communicated, posted, and maintained. For more information go to www.redcross.org.
In the event a hazardous material incident or an emergency situation arises, emergency personnel will instruct the community to remain indoors –“Shelter-In-Place”, or leave the area – Evacuate.
In the majority of hazardous material emergencies, it is best to Shelter-In-Place. As a precautionary action, an evacuation will allow residents to travel away from danger.
Each event will determine specific instructions; the following are general guidelines:
A sudden emergency involving chemicals, or hazardous materials, may not allow time to evacuate safely. A sudden emergency will force emergency officials to ask you to take immediate action to protect yourselves and Shelter-In-Place, which means protecting yourself where you are and remaining in place until given further instructions or emergency officials give the all clear. If you are asked to shelter-in-place, do the following:
In an emergency situation, emergency officials may ask you to evacuate to protect yourself and your family. Evacuating means leaving the area that is affected by the potential hazard. Sometimes a chemical incident such as a transportation accident on the highway or railroad, could force people from their homes for health and safety reasons. If asked to evacuate, do the following:
Items to Bring:
Sleeping bags or blankets
Personal care items
Items to Bring:
Leave contact information with responders directing evacuation: cell phone number, your intended destination, and number of people leaving.
Residents who have special transportation needs should make arrangements with neighbors or inform their local emergency personnel as a means of planning.