A disaster or emergency that can directly affect your daily life can happen at any time, sometimes without warning. Thankfully, there are things you can do to be prepared, respond safely, and protect yourself and your family. Following are some tips about what to do before, during and after a disaster or emergency.
Disasters include tornadoes, earthquakes, chemical emergencies, drought, fires, floods, heat waves, power outages, thunderstorms, nuclear explosions, winter storms. Emergency preparedness also coversnational health emergencies, where people may need to shelter in place or physically distance themselves from others.
AgeGuide can help expedite services when a disaster occurs. Contact our office at (800) 528-2000 if you need information on accessing services or need help during a disaster.
Prepare for a disaster:
- Create a Family Disaster Plan
- Build a Disaster Supply Kit of your home
- Get informed by identifying likely disasters and learn about Community Response Plans
- Learn first aid and CPR
- Build your Support Network by identifying people who can help you during a disaster (friends, family, neighbors) and plan how to communicate with helpers
During a Disaster:
- Stay informed – Monitor the news and emergency alerts
- Decide if you will stay or go. If you plan to stay, have supplies for up to two weeks
- Ask for help
- Let friends and family know you are safe
- If you evacuated, wait until authorities say it’s safe to return
- Work with trusted sources for information and assistance
- Document any property damage for insurance and work with others (as you are able) to remove debris and clean up safely
Local Food Resources:
- Find Food IL Community Food Map
- Lake County Food Pantries
- McHenry County Food Pantries
- Will County Food Pantries
- Kankakee County Food Pantries
- Grundy County Food Pantries