If you do not have a plan or an emergency kit, taking the following steps can create a more orderly and rapid response during a disaster:
- Take personal responsibility for being aware of local weather conditions.
- Sign up for CODE RED and receive local, public safety alerts via telephone, text message, and email directly from Douglas County. Consider signing up for additional notification means to further maximize your safety.
- Develop an emergency communication plan for you and your family.
- Build a kit. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other needed supplies to last for several days.
- Download the County’s Disaster Preparedness Guide for more helpful tips to prepare you and your family — including your pets and livestock.
We’ve put together a Disaster Preparedness Guide to help create your disaster kit and plan.
Take time now to create your personal evacuation plan for your family and your pets.
Shelter in place
Sometimes emergency officials will ask you to stay where you are.
- Go inside immediately
Take yourself and anyone near you inside an enclosed structure, whether it’s a house, business, garage or vehicle. If you know of an invalid or unattended child in your neighborhood, call them and tell them to remain indoors. Keep any pets inside also. Gather a portable radio, flashlight and extra batteries. Move into an interior room, preferably a room with no windows.
- Tune Radio to AM 850
The metro area broadcasts emergency information on radio station at 850 on the AM dial.
- Stay off phones
County officials may try to telephone your home or business using the county’s computerized telephone notification system. Do not call police, fire, or 9-1-1 unless you are reporting a police, fire or medical emergency at your location. Overloaded telephone circuits may keep actual emergency calls from getting through.
What If My Children Are In School?
The Douglas County School District has installed emergency notification radios (NOAA) in all schools. The schools have also been equipped with School Safe radios, allowing officials the ability to talk with first responders. They’ve been trained to protect your children and will shelter them in place until the emergency is over.
Please do NOT call the school and tie up telephone lines needed by school staff to communicate with district officials. The district will notify you when it’s safe to pick up your children.