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Emergency Preparedness Information


Education and preparedness are key to ensuring the safety and well-being of your family and yourself in the event of an emergency. Learn about the types of emergencies that are likely to take place in the Roanoke Valley by following the links on the left side of this page and then make plans for yourself and family of what to do should an emergency occur. Making an emergency plan for their home or business is just one of the simple steps individuals can take to help ensure that they are as prepared as possible if an emergency occurs.

In a recent national survey conducted by The Ad Council, 80 percent of Americans agreed that taking some simple steps to prepare could help protect themselves and their families in the event of an emergency.  However, only 58 percent had made an emergency supply kit, developed a family emergency plan or learned more about potential threats, the three steps recommended by the Ready campaign.  A survey of small businesses found more than 90 percent recognized the importance of business emergency preparedness.  But, less than 40 percent said their company had an emergency plan in place.

By visiting Ready.gov, individuals and businesses can learn how to prepare their families and workplaces for emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.  Materials, including family communication plan templates and sample business continuity plans, are available on the website providing Americans with the resources that will bring piece of mind.