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Emergency Services FAQ's

Domestic pets may not be allowed at emergency shelters for health reasons. It is important to include your pet in you emergency plan since they depend on you to keep them safe. Identifying locations for you and your pet to go before an emergency happens is important. You can identify friends or family, hotels that accept pets, or contact your local pet shelter to see if they will accept pets in the event of an emergency. Find more information on preparing your pet for an emergency at: https://www.ready.gov/animals

The Town of Tonawanda's Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, program is based on the American tradition of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors Prepare for Emergencies.” CERT training prepares citizens and communities to take a more active role in the county’s emergency preparedness and response efforts.  You can use your training to join a team or better prepare yourself
It is important to remember that not all emergencies or disasters are going to have the same effects or happen at the most convenient times. Therefore, having a plan can help safeguard you and your family. Town of Tonawanda residents need to prepare now for emergencies and disasters. Having a plan in place will reduce the amount of loss for both property and life. You should meet with all members of your household to discuss your plan. Talk with children about the different hazards and what to do if something should happen. Prepare a disaster supply kit and make sure it is adjusted to the number of people in your household. Also, make sure to include your pets when preparing for an emergency. There are simple, low-cost steps families can take to be ready. Please visit the following link for more information about preparing for an emergency: https://www.ready.gov/   https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4085/updates/building-supply-kit-your-family

If the power is out, you should listen to a battery powered or crank radio for shelter locations for you and your family to relocate. Also listen for evacuation routs specified by local authorities. Shelters will depend upon the location of the emergency. When evacuating, make sure you wear protective clothing, sturdy shoes and have your disaster supply kit. https://www.ready.gov/shelter

https://www.ready.gov/evacuating-yourself-and-your-family

If the authorities advise you to Shelter-In-Place, you are to remain in your home or office (wherever you are at the time of the emergency) and protect yourself there. If there is a threat of contaminated outside air be sure to seal doors, windows and vents. Turn off all fans, heating and air-conditioning units. Go to an interior room with few windows if possible. Be sure to take your emergency supply kit with you, unless you believe it has been contaminated. Listen or watch local radio and television stations to stay updated on the latest information. 

https://www.ready.gov/shelter 

https://www.fema.gov/faq-details/Evacuating-v-Shelter-in-place-1370032121004

Mass Care Shelter

Even though mass care shelters often provide water, food, medicine and basic sanitary facilities, you should plan to take your disaster supplies kit with you so you will have the supplies you require. Mass care sheltering can involve living with many people in a confined space, which can be difficult and unpleasant. To avoid conflicts in the stressful situation, it is important to cooperate with shelter managers and others assisting them. Keep in mind that alcoholic beverages and weapons are forbidden in emergency shelters and smoking is restricted.

Search for open shelters by texting SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362. Ex: Shelter 01234 (standard rates apply)

Learn more by visiting: http://www.disasterassistance.gov/

You should have enough supplies in your disaster kit to ensure each member of your family can be self-sufficient for at least 3 days. Some things to include are:

  • water (1 gallon per day per person)
  • food (nonperishable and easy to prepare)
  • can opener
  • first-aid kit
  • flashlights
  • extra batteries
  • medicines and medical items
  • a multipurpose tool to turn off utilities
  • sanitation and hygiene items
  • copies of personal documents
  • blankets/sleeping bags
  • extra cash, credit card, and/or cashier’s check
  • list of important numbers
  • a whistle to signal for help
  • dust masks
  • local maps
  • battery-powered or hand crank radio

You can find out more through FEMAs Ready Campaign at: https://www.ready.gov/