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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.

Benton County Emergency Management

Step 1: Gather Emergency SuppliesEmergency Preparedness Tips

  • 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

Build a Basic Disaster Supply Kit

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

Step 3: Be Informed