The city's emergency manager serves the community by providing guidance and direction in the event of large-scale emergency incidents. During an emergency event, the emergency manager works with both city and county officials to plan and execute an effective response. The emergency manager also works to educate the community on how to be prepared before an emergency event occurs.
Top Five Tips for Preparedness
Before an emergency event, it's important to have preparations in place before something occurs. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
1. Stay connected: Knowing what’s coming is half the battle so sign up for free emergency alerts through Nixle and interact through social media.
2. Stay informed: Seek out news and warnings through local television and radio stations. There are number of different phone apps that offer weather information and alerts. Invest in a battery backup weather radio to stay informed during power outages.
3. Make a plan: Your family, both work and home, should have a designated place to meet or shelter and a means to communicate, both with cell phones and without.
4. Make a kit: Your home and car should have emergency kits. At home keep at least a three-day supply of food and water for each family member. Keep basics in your car like water, a blanket, flashlight or flare.
5. Make a friend: Know your neighbors both at home and at work. Talk about what you would do in an emergency and how you can help one another.