News | Sept. 20, 2021

DLA Installation Management Susquehanna’s Security & Emergency Services tip week #4: preparing for disasters at home

By Rick Zucchero, installation emergency manager, DLA Installation Management Susquehanna

In recognition of National Preparedness Month, Defense Logistics Agency Installation Management Susquehanna’s Security & Emergency Services will provide helpful tips and resources focusing on hazard preparedness during the month of September.

Last week we talked about responding to disasters at work. But how do we deal with hazards at home? You should know the risk of disasters in the area you live and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert. 

Tips and links for disaster response at home below:

Shelter-In-Place:

Evacuation:

  • If you need to evacuate, prepare a “go kit” with personal items you cannot do without during an emergency. Include items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and two masks for each person
  • Know a safe place to shelter and have several ways to receive weather alerts
  • Find out if your local public shelter is open, in case you need to evacuate your home and go there. Your shelter location may be different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Follow guidance from your local public health or emergency management officials on when and where to shelter
  • Make a plan and prepare a disaster kit for your pets. https://www.ready.gov/
  • Follow safety precautions when using transportation to evacuate. If you have to travel away from your community to evacuate, follow safety precautions for travelers to protect yourself and others from COVID-19
  • Contact your supervisor for accountability

Contact your local installation emergency manager about preparing for disasters in your community.