LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Whether it’s a major weather event or some kind of large-scale accident, Clark County officials say families should have a plan in place and September is a good time to get one going.
“The pandemic is a reminder that emergencies are unpredictable by nature,” said Clark County Fire Department Deputy Chief Billy Samuels, who oversees the county’s Emergency Management Division.
Some of the top hazards in Nevada include wildfire, flooding, earthquake, extreme heat, and communicable disease. The county will spend the next four weeks focusing on the following themes:
- Create an emergency plan: Discuss with family and friends how you will communicate before, during and after a disaster. Update your plan based on the needs of your family or business. Businesses and community organizations should design an emergency plan for employees that includes safety training, with drills and exercises.
- Build a disaster supply kit: Gather supplies that will last for several days following a disaster, including food and water. Remember to provide for pets, infants and medically fragile family members. You should also have an emergency kit for each vehicle.
- Prepare for disasters: Limit the impacts that disasters have on your family. Know the risks in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn what to do to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other hazards.
- Teach youth about preparedness: Talk to your kids about preparing fo emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.
Residents can sign up for the Southern Nevada Community Preparedness app and get free texts and email alerts. Click here for more details.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency: www.Ready.gov
- American Red Cross: www.redcross.org
- Southern Nevada Health District: www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org
- Nevada Division of Emergency Management: www.dem.nv.gov
- Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department: www.lvmpd.com.