Be Informed, Make A Plan, Build A Kit
Know what to do and have what you need to protect yourself and your loved ones in an emergency by staying informed, making a plan and building a kit.
- Know the hazards in your area that may impact your family. In Geary, this can include tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, earthquakes, wildfires, winter weather, flash floods, and more.
- Know what actions to take to protect yourself.
- Know how to shelter in place in case of a tornado.
- Stay weather aware. Know the weather forecast for your area so you can prepare for weather events. Pay attention for important updates, watches and warnings.
- Have more than one way to get information in an emergency, including a source like a hand-powered NOAA Weather Radio that still works if you temporarily lose electricity during a storm. Other include television, radio, online news sources and smartphone apps like the American Red Cross' all-inclusive Emergency App for Apple and Android.
Make a Plan
Your emergency plan should include information and items like:
- Family information: Names, dates of birth, gender, identifying marks, medications, special needs
- Common family locations: List the name, address and phone number of places like work, school and daycare.
- Pets: Names, ages, gender, brief physical description, veterinarian contact information
- Meeting places: List addresses and phone numbers for at least three places to meet if you're separated in an emergency. It could be a neighbor, business, school, church or park.
- Emergency numbers: Always call 911 first in an emergency. But don't rely on your memory or cellphone for important phone numbers in an emergency. Keep a list that includes contact information for family members (including addresses); gas, electric, and water utilities (405-884-5466); phone and/or internet provider; and poison control
You can get an Emergency Go-Kit Passport to help you keep track of this information. Thanks to our friends at Oklahoma Emergency Management, we have several copies of the Passport for free at City Hall.
Build a Kit
- Use an airtight container to pack an emergency kit and store it in an easily accessible place. Update it each year, replacing out-of-date supplies as necessary. Suggested supplies include:
- Water. At least one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, plus water for pets.
- Food. At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food for your family. Two weeks of food for your pets.
- Radio. Battery-powered or hand crank radio/NOAA Weather Radio, with extra batteries.
- First aid kit.
- Whistle to signal for help.
- Dust mask for each member of the household.
- Various basic tools like a wrench, pliers, screw drivers and hammer.
- Manual can opener.
- Local map.
- Cash. ATMs may be unavailable for several days during a disaster.
- Pet supplies, including a leash and medications.
Don't Forget About Your Pets
- Include all pets in your household's disaster plan.
- Always keep a collar and tag on pets that should normally wear a collar. Include your name, phone number and email on the tag and write it with permanent ink on the inside of the collar. We also recommend a form of permanent identification such as a microchip or tattoo for all animals.
- Include items for your pet in your household's disaster kit. Suggested items include water, two weeks of food, medications, a leash, bowls, bedding, a litter box, cleaning supplies and a carrier or crate.
- Be sure your pet can be accommodated at emergency meeting locations or places like hotels and the homes of neighbors, family and friends if you need a place to stay.
- Start a buddy system with your neighbors to check on each other’s pets if you are not home after a disaster.
- Make sure your pet is healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations so it will be accepted into a shelter if you're evacuated.
- Know the phone number and address of the Geary animal shelter so you can find out about temporary evacuation locations for your pet or know where to go if you lost your pet during a disaster.
Quick Support Links
What a printable version of this information? Click here to download OEM's Before an Emergency Stikes info poster.