Preparing For A Disaster Makes Sense. Get Ready Now!
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For Disaster Preparedness Resources in Anson, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Moore, Randolph, & Richmond Counties Call 336-899-1505 ext 1554
For Hope 4 NC Disaster Services Resources in Bladen, Robeson, & Scotland Counties Call 910-277-3212
You should plan in advance what you will do in an emergency. Be prepared to assess the situation, use common sense and whatever you have on hand to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Think about the places where your family spends time: school, work and other places you frequent. Ask about their emergency plans. Find out how they will communicate with families during an emergency. If they do not have an emergency plan, consider helping develop one.
Our teams in Central & Eastern North Carolina have been working with State and Federal Agencies to develop tools for individuals and families.
Disaster Preparedness Information
RHA Health Services is partnering with Hope 4 NC in Bladen, Robeson, & Scotland Counties. This effort is part of the Crisis Counseling Program Service Grant, in partnership with FEMA and SAMHSA. The Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP) offers services to disaster survivors in their homes, shelters, temporary living sites, or places of worship. The CCP helps people recover and rebuild their lives after a disaster. The CCP supports short-term interventions that involve the following counseling goals:
• Helping disaster survivors understand their current situation and reactions
• Reducing stress and providing emotional support
• Assisting survivors in reviewing their disaster recovery options
• Promoting the use or development of coping strategies
• Connecting survivors with other people and agencies who can help them in their recovery process
Key Elements of An Emergency Plan
- • Develop a Family Communications Plan: Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations. Put the plan in writing and review with your family.
- • Have Emergency Supply Kits: Emergency kit for your home, your car and work.
- • Deciding to Stay or Go: Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the attack, the first important decision is whether you stay put or get away. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Use common sense and available information, including what you are learning here, to determine if there is an immediate danger.
- • Know your alerts and stay tuned to local news reports.
- –Advisory – when conditions are such that they cause a significant inconvenience that may be hazardous. *Not life-threatening.
- –Watch – is when a thunderstorm, tornado or Hurricane is possible within 48 hours. There is a potential that you may lose power-so get emergency supplies ready.
- –Warning – The weather concern is within 36 hours of occurring. During a warning, complete your storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if told to do so by local officials.
- • Working Together: Schools, daycare providers, workplaces, neighborhoods and apartment buildings, like individuals and families, should all have site-specific emergency plans. Ask about plans at the places where your family spends time: work, school and other places you frequent.
Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as making an emergency supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency. However, there are important differences among natural disasters that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. Some natural disasters are easily predicted, others happen without warning. Planning what to do in advance is an important part of being prepared.
After a Disaster
- • Call your insurance agent (Homeowner & Flood) To file a claim for damage to my home.
- • Register with FEMA Go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call FEMA.
- • Schedule a FEMA inspection If an inspector has not called within 14 days of my registration, check the status of my case by calling FEMA.
- • Read my FEMA determination letter carefully It will explain if I’m ineligible; and the reason why may be easily fixed.
- • Use my FEMA grant wisely Budgeting is important—recovery may take longer than expected.
- • Save receipts and maintain good records Save receipts for all repairs, cleanup, and disaster-related costs. FEMA may audit the way the money is spent.
- • Stay in touch with FEMA Keep my contact information current with FEMA and check back often.
- • Visit a Disaster Recovery Center For help and expertise, and to talk to someone in person.
- • Visit a FEMA Hazard Mitigation display Available at participating home improvement stores; look for public announcements.
For more information on RHA Health Services resources near you, please view our map for the closest center. Even if you are not on the coast, it is always good to have a Safety Plan in place in case of any disaster.