Disaster Preparedness

Preparedness is everyone's job. Not just government agencies but all sectors of society-- service providers, businesses, civic and volunteer groups, industry associations and neighborhood associations, as well as every individual citizen--should plan ahead for disaster.

It’s important for all family members to know how to react in an emergency, because when a disaster strikes, you may need to act quickly. Discuss possible disaster plans with your family–in a very general way–so that they will know what to do in various situations. Remember that it is possible that you and your family may be in different places when a disaster strikes; for example at school and work. Plan ahead.

The City of Banning's Emergency Operations Plan
Emergency Operations Plan - Part 1
Emergency Operations Plan - Part 2

Would you survive a disaster?
When the next big disaster strikes, it may take emergency responders several days to get to you to provide help for you and your family. That is why it is extremely important that you are prepared to care for yourself and your family for an extended time period.

First you need to have the proper supplies at home. Click on the link below to see a checklist of things you will need. Next, you and every member of your family needs to be taken care of whether they are driving, at work or at school. Click the link below to see a checklist of items you should have in your car or at your office.
Neighborhood Organization:
Preparing your family for a disaster is only half of the “battle.” You should work to organize a small neighborhood group that can assist all residents after a disaster. Remember, it may be days before any government services, including police and fire departments, can get to you. Neighbors working together can provide services like checking each home for injured occupants, help shut off a gas meter if there is a leak, provide first aid, check on children who may have been home alone at the time of the disaster and provide a local communication point.

The link below will take you to a guide that you can use to develop your neighborhood preparedness group. For additional information, call Banning Fire Services at (951) 922-3167. We will help you organize your neighborhood!
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