Know The Risks
It is important in your personal emergency planning to know the risks in your area. Knowing the risks in your area will better help you be prepared for the specific occurrences that are unique to your area and more general occurrences that are common to most in our region. For example, if you live near a river you will want to be prepared for overland flooding. If you live near a rail line you will want to be prepared for a derailment and possible dangerous goods release. You will also want to be prepared for emergencies that are specific to your situation. For example if you depend on the highway to get to work every day you will want to be prepared for highway closures due to weather or accidents.
Risks that are common to our area include:
- Snow storms
- Rain storms causing flooding
- Flooding from rivers and creeks
- Train derailments
- large scale motor vehicle collisions
- Gas leaks/Hazardous material releases
- Prolonged Power outages
For more information on risks for your area, contact your local Emergency Management Program.