Public health emergencies can come in many forms such as floods, tornadoes or even through man-made threats such as bio-terrorism. These public health emergencies may occur with little or no warning, which is why Linn County Public Health encourages every resident to prepare for the worst case scenario.
First, gather emergency supplies to account for the possibility of being without food, water or electricity for an extended amount of time. A good rule of thumb is to prepare for a scenario where you may be without a food or water supply for two weeks.
The second thing to do is develop a communication plan within your family. Many times family members may not be at the same location when an emergency occurs. In these situations, it is important to designate a primary and back-up location to meet. In addition, the family should designate an emergency contact who is located outside of the same neighborhood. In the event of an emergency, this person should be contacted to help coordinate a safe relocation of all family members and assist in communicating pertinent information.
Finally, be informed! This includes:
Page last reviewed: July 19, 2019
Page last updated: July 19, 2019