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Simple actions are invaluable before an emergency happens

The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare” and this week Ashland Fire & Rescue encourages you to practice for an emergency. You and your family can take easy steps to know what to do in the event of an emergency by identifying likely emergencies and then planning your response to those scenarios.
Taking simple precautionary steps to ensure your family’s safety from fire, flood, earthquake, and even winter storms can ensure you and your family are able to better respond.
 
Emergencies can and do happen rather unexpectedly, but knowing what to do before the emergency strikes builds resilience and provides for quick recovery. Here are some steps to consider BEFORE an emergency happens:
  • Know your community’s evacuation routes and practice following them.
  • Consider training with your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
  • Register for Citizen Alert to receive valuable local specific information during a disaster. Registration is easy and free. www.ashland.or.us/alert
  • Always follow the directions of police, fire, and emergency managers if given in an emergency situation.
 
Register now for the Ashland Is Ready event – Saturday, November 1st. Two workshops are being offered for an opportunity to learn valuable risk reduction information and to obtain a small emergency supplies kit for the cost of $10. Visit: www.ashland.or.us/air for more information or call 541-482-2770.
 
            Established in 1887, Ashland Fire & Rescue provides twenty-four hour service and responds to over 3,500 calls each year in an area that exceeds 650 square miles.
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