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Hazards and Disasters

In your busy day-to-day life, disasters may seem an impossible occurrence. Yet disasters such as floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, major storms, fires, chemical spills and power failures can strike any community, including those within the ACRD, at any time.

Natural disasters do happen and it is always when we least expect them, so we must keep them in mind and be prepared should the worst happen.

It is normal to be afraid of disasters, however, fears and anxieties are decreased by being prepared and knowing what to do before disasters happen. Peace of mind can be increased by knowing you have essential supplies on hand and are prepared to be on your own for at least 72 hours or even seven days.

The goal of the ACRD Emergency Program is to help every resident prepare a plan to minimize the effects of a disaster, whether it is a flood, fire, earthquake, tsunami or any other disaster that might affect its residents.

While the responsibility of a community response to a disaster lies with the ACRD Emergency Program, it is important for each and every individual to prepare themselves and their families for a disaster.

Using the information in the Disaster Planning Checklist Disaster Planning Checklist, you can prepare yourself and your family for the unexpected disasters or emergencies that can occur in our area. You can also follow the plan outlined in the 52 weeks to being prepared!

"Surviving a Disaster is Everyone's Business"