Emergencies can occur with little or no advanced warning. The most important thing you can do is be able to take care of yourself and those in your care. The BEST time to prepare for emergencies is BEFORE they occur.
RESOLVE TO BE READY! PLEDGE TO PREPARE!
Be prepared! Following a disaster or large scale emergency, you may be on your own and need to take care of yourself and your family. Emergency responders and relief personnel will come, but it may take hours, or possibly days, for them to reach everyone!
Prepare an Emergency Go Bag!
When an emergency or disaster happens, you may need to leave your home suddenly, and have only a few minutes to leave safely (such as a fire or explosion). Each person in your home should be prepared with a portable Emergency Go Bag that contains the items that you’ll need while you are unable to return to your home – especially prescription medications, eyeglasses, etc. When minutes count, it’s important that your Emergency Go Bag is ready for you to “grab & go” quickly. Use this checklist and tips document to prepare your Emergency Go Bag.
Get a kit for your home!
Local, state, and federal emergency officials stress that you should be prepared to be self-sufficient for a MINIMUM of 72-hours. You should have at least a 72-hour supply of non-perishable food, water (1 gallon/day per person), and supplies, including medications, for each person and animal in your home.
You can build your own, or purchase a ready-made kit:
Get a kit for your car!
An emergency may happen while you're driving, or you may be required to evacuate when you are away from home.
A list of items to include in your car kit can be found at www.ready.gov/car.
Get a kit for your pet!
If you have pets and/or service animals, it is important to include them in your emergency preparedness planning.
For more information regarding pet preparedness planning and kits, please visit
One of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family is plan!
What will you do? Where will you go? How will you reunite if you and your family are separated?
You’ll find a list of simple and practical steps at www.ready.gov/make-a-plan.
As much as possible, involve all family members in the planning process. Once the family emergency plan is complete – be sure to give a copy to all family members AND practice your plan!
Keep in mind – developing and practicing an emergency plan will:
BUSINESS OWNERS & ORGANIZATIONS: If you need assistance getting your business or organization prepared, please visit the Business Continuity Planning Suite, found at www.ready.gov/business-continuity-planning-suite
Timely information during emergencies is important. Protect yourself and your family by knowing what disasters and hazards could affect your area, and what to do before, during, and after each type of emergency. Visit www.ready.gov/be-informed
You can stay updated on incidents and warnings affecting your community by visiting the following websites:
Support disaster preparedness and response efforts in our community. Get trained and volunteer with one of the following:
What if the 9-1-1 Center knew about an emergency in your neighborhood and it affected the health and safety of your family? Wouldn’t you want to know as soon as possible? Good news! Lehigh County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) coordinates CodeRED, a community emergency notification system to alert residents and visitors of an emergency or incident that has occurred, AND during situations that may warrant community notification (e.g. major or prolonged weather event, shelter in place recommendations, etc.).
How it works:
Lehigh County EMA, in collaboration with City of Allentown Emergency Management officials, uses the CodeRED system to deliver geo-targeted, time-sensitive notifications via phone, text and email.
IMPORTANT: If you want to receive CodeRED alerts on your cell phone and e-mail then you need to create a CodeRED account.
Creating a CodeRED account:
Please create an account to register your cell phone number(s) and email address(es) with both your home and work addresses.
Suggestion: Register the cell phone and email address of all family members who reside at your home address.
Once you are registered and have a CodeRED account, you can also download the CodeRED app. With the CodeRED app, if you are traveling through another community that uses CodeRED and there is an emergency alert(s) then you will receive the emergency alert.
The free CodeRED app is available in both the App Store for ios devices and Google Play Store for Android devices.
Download this informational page.
Sign Up for CodeRED Alerts
Download the CodeRED App
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