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1. Be Informed

There are many ways the City of Rochester keeps you informed.  Outdoor warning sirens warn people outdoors to seek shelter for a tornado. When watching TV or listening to radio, the Emergency Alert System (EAS) provides warnings of current emergency events.  Today, we are on-the-go at the park, walking around the block, or driving around town.  Rochester Alert is an emergency notification system to alert residents of impending emergency situations.  For visitors, Rochester is a provider of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), the federal alert system that sends text messages to newer smartphones.

You have taken an important step to read about emergency preparation.  Go one step further and enroll in Rochester Alert to be informed of hazards.


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2. Make A Plan

Do1Thing is a program to prepare by taking small steps. Being prepared for disasters and emergencies can seem like a big job. Many people don't know where to start, so they never start at all. With Do 1 Thing you can take small steps that make a big difference in an emergency.  Get started here

Do 1 Thing is a 12-month program that makes it easy for you to prepare yourself, your family, and your community for emergencies or disasters. Learn more.

Of course, you may be gung-ho and ready to get going.  A good place to find all the information you need to prepare today is Ready.gov.  The Ready.gov website is packed with information to prepare quickly and thoroughly.

Whether you want to take small steps, or launch right-in, there are many ways to prepare to fit your needs.


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3. Build A Kit

Ready to get started?  As mentioned above, if you want to do small steps to steadily prepare, follow the Do1Thing plan for preparedness. If you want to jump right in, this basic disaster supply list from Zumbro Valley Medical Society will help you get started.  If you have special needs, follow Do1Thing or go to Ready.gov for more information.

You likely travel a lot.  Emergencies can happen anytime.  Prepare for emergencies outside the home with a Car safety kit.  This information from Ready.gov will help you find the items to pack for car safety.

Pet care is more involved than simply building a kit.  Basic supplies include one-half gallon of water per day for each pet (three days minimum).  Some shelters do not allow a pet or provide pet services (service animals are accepted). Ready.gov offers many situations to consider and offers helpful tips to care for your pet during a disaster.