Chester County Commissioners and the county's Department of Emergency Services has issued a Public Preparedness Guide to help make Chester County families as ready as possible to protect themselves in the event of an emergency.
Message from the Commissioners:
Most of us don’t spend a lot of time thinking about preparing for a fire, flood, or other kind of emergency. We count on our first responders to swoop in and save the day. And that’s what they do. But there are steps we can all take to make ourselves better prepared.
Being prepared can reduce the fear, anxiety, and losses that can be part of a disaster. Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do in an emergency. Emergency preparedness refers to the preventive measures taken to reduce the effects of a disaster on your property, family, and life. The goal of being prepared is to lessen the impact when something bad happens.
It starts with having a plan that includes actions and items that your family need to take no matter where they are; home, school, work, or elsewhere.
Knowing what to do in an emergency is just as important as recovering and returning to your everyday life.
This Preparedness Guide is designed to help you be resilient and self-reliant until emergency responders can arrive, whether you are sheltering-in-place, in your home or having to evacuate.
We hope you never find yourself in that type of situation, but just in case, please take the time to review this information.