Preparedness & Response
Public health emergencies can be varied, and come with little or no warning. From floods to tornadoes to winter storms to even bio-terrorism, Benton County Public Health is prepared to act - and teach citizens how to as well.
Step 1: Gather Emergency Supplies
- A good rule of thumb is to prepare for a scenario where you may be without a food or water supply for two weeks
- Food should be non-perishable items: a variety of canned goods, dry mixes and other shelf-stable pantry items
- Have an ample supply of clean water for 1) consumption, 2) food preparation and 3) hygiene. The average person needs at least a ½ gallon of water each day; however, it is best to store at least 1 gallon per person, per day to account for the various needs during an emergency
- Remember the needs of your pets and service animals
Step 2: Develop a Communication Plan
- Many times, family members may not be at the same location when an emergency occurs - in these situations, designate both a primary and back-up location to meet.
- In addition, families should choose an emergency contact who is located outside of the same neighborhood – in an emergency, this person should be contacted to help coordinate a safe relocation of all family members