Having a written record makes it easy to stay organized, visualize your resources, and will be available when the power or internet isn’t functioning.
Document all the government resources and people you can count on in an emergency. Don’t stop with this list. If there are other services you’ll want to reach out to in an emergency don’t forget to add them as well.
Government and servicesYou used to find all these numbers in the front of a phone book, but today they are all on a website. Do the research now while you’re not stressed out, and your internet works.
For your city
- Police Emergency 911
- City Police Non-Emergency 311
- Direct Police Emergency Call this number when you need help, but it’s not life threatening. 911 will be tied up with people who have life threatening situations in a disaster.
- City Hall Take a break from complaining about the government. Your taxes pay for city hall to prepare for disasters. During an emergency it’s time to get to know city hall better.
For your county
- Animal Care and Services Call this office if you encounter an injured animal.
- Emergency Management These folks are responsible for overseeing and coordinating emergency preparedness, response, recovery and homeland security activities within your county.
- County Water Management District This is the number to report flooding or issues with water.
For your state
- Department of Insurance The state agency responsible for consumer protection for issues with insurance.
- State Division of Emergency Management These folks are responsible for overseeing and coordinating emergency preparedness, response, recovery and homeland security activities within your state.
- State Relay Service This is a service for people who have limitations with hearing or speaking.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (800) 621-3362, or www.fema.gov, is the federal agency responsible for leading the Nation's efforts to prepare for, protect and mitigate against, respond to, and recover from the impacts of natural disasters and man-made incidents or terrorist events. If they’re in your town it’s officially a disaster, and they’re there to help you.