To be prepared for emergencies, there are 4 easy steps – 1) Build a Kit 2) Make a Plan 3) Stay Informed 4) Get Involved. The following provides tips and resources.
Step 1 – Build a Kit
Put an emergency kit together with supplies to last you for at least 2-3 days. It should include the basics of food, water, and warmth for extreme cold. Also, consider specific needs any family member may have and don’t forget your pet supplies! Ready.gov has an easy-to-follow checklist of other items to consider including in your kit.
Step 2 – Make a Plan
To make a plan, discuss with your family what types of emergencies you may experience. If an emergency happened, would your family no where to go and what to do? Practicing your plan helps everyone be familiar with the plan and ensures it meets everyone’s needs. Ready.gov has a template to guide you in making your plan. It can then be printed or saved electronically and can be shared with family members to also have access to the plan.
Step 3 – Stay Informed
When an emergency happens, it’s important to know the latest information about the emergency to know what to do before, during, and after the emergency. Ask yourself how will I and members of my family receive emergency alerts and warnings? Don’t rely on one source of communication. Create a communication plan to stay in touch with your family and friends. Listed below are resources for staying informed and to help in developing a communication plan.
- Goochland County Alerts (CodeRED)
- Goochland County Facebook
- Goochland County Fire-Rescue
- Goochland County Sheriff’s Office
- Goochland County App and Goochland County Sheriff’s Office App – both can be found on Google Play and the Apple App Store.
- Goochland County
- Chickahominy Health District
- Virginia Department of Emergency Management
- National Weather Service (Wakefield, VA)
Step 4 – Get Involved
Learn how you can be prepared or help in Goochland before, during and after a disaster or emergency by participating in any of the following organizations.
- Goochland Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) – Free training is provided in basic skills, such as, Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search & Rescue, Team Organization, Disaster Psychology, and Terrorism. In the event of an emergency or disaster, available members will be asked to help the community based on the impacts and needs from the event.
- Goochland Amateur Radio Team (GART) – Trained and licensed Amateur Radio (ham radio) operators throughout the county and nearby jurisdictions assist with backup emergency communications for the County’s Emergency Operations Center, Goochland County Fire-Rescue, and Goochland Sheriff’s Office.
- Goochland Animal Assistance Team (GAAT) – Trained members of the community volunteer with Goochland’s Animal Care and Protection Department to provide emergency pet sheltering during county emergency events and/or to assist with large animal rescue services.
- Goochland Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) – Meets on a routine basis to provide training and information to local businesses and citizens to become better prepared for emergency situations that could impact their businesses or the community.