I hear a lot about disaster preparedness. What does that mean to me?

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.

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1. Is the Office of Emergency Services (OES) a first responder agency like fire or police?
2. What does the Office of Emergency Services (OES) do?
3. I hear a lot about disaster preparedness. What does that mean to me?
4. I’d like to have someone talk to our community group about disaster preparedness. How do I arrange this?
5. How do I find out about emergencies that may affect me and my home?