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Posted on: September 27, 2023

3 Ways to Prepare for Emergencies and Disasters

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Disasters and emergencies are often unpredictable. They could happen at any time. That is why it's important to prepare now. As you take actions to become better prepared, remember to account for each person's specific needs. Tailor your emergency plan to fit your unique situation.

Identify the resources you use on a daily basis and what you might do if those resources are limited or not available.

  • Think about medical, food, shelter, and transportation resources in particular.
  • Talk with your loved ones or neighbors about your needs and responsibilities to determine how you can assist each other during an emergency.
  • Make alternative plans for care of children and pets.
  • Assemble disaster supply kits for your home and vehicle. Remember to include contact information for important people and care providers. Put in a list of medicines you need, dosage instructions, and any allergies. View a sample checklist at you use medical equipment in your home that requires electricity to operate, talk to your health care provider about what you can do to prepare for its use during a power outage or evacuation situation.

Know how you will receive emergency alerts and information. 

  • Have more than one way to get this important information.
  • Sign up for free Nixle text alerts from local authorities by texting TETON_WY to 888777.
  • Consider purchasing a NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio with an automatic alerting feature.
  • Bookmark the website where you will find information about current incidents in the county and what you should do.
  • Learn more about our multifaceted public warning system by clicking HERE.

Document an emergency plan for your household.

  • Write down everyone’s contact information and carry it with you at all times. Include at least two forms of contact for an out-of-state friend or relative through whom you can share updates if local communication is unavailable.
  • Map out primary and alternate evacuation routes from your home.
  • Agree on two meeting places, one nearby and one farther away, where you can reunite if you are separated from your loved ones.
  • Plan templates are available online at or in print from Teton County Emergency Management by calling 307-733-9572.

Remember, planning ahead improves safety during a disaster and helps with recovery afterwards. Start today!

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