Clearly, an important aspect of the Office of Emergency Services (OES) is emergency planning and preparedness; however, it is not only the responsibility of OES and the first response community to prepare for disasters. Every county resident has a responsibility to make plans for how they will care for their family, pets, livestock, and property, during the first 72 hours of a disaster. By definition, a disaster will exceed the normal resources and capabilities of the local first response system. It can take sometimes 72 hours for sufficient outside emergency resources to be put into place. According to Ready.gov, all persons should 1) be informed, 2) make a plan, 3) build a kit, and 4) get involved. Go to Ready.gov for great preparedness information.