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Last Updated: 2010-01-12


In the aftermath of a large disaster it may take up to 72 hours for outside assistance to reach your community. How ready are you? Answer the questions below and find out.

For each situation, determine which response BEST represents how you would react.

These questions were developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

If the power went out during the evening, I would:

A. Sit in the dark, waiting for the power to come back.

B. Light candles.

C. Search the kitchen drawers for flashlight batteries; they've got to be in there somewhere.

D. Know exactly where to find flashlights, battery-powered lanterns and fresh batteries.

If your home were without water for a day or two, you would:

A. Drink soda or juice and wash up at school or the office.

B. Visit relatives or friends where we could take showers and use the bathroom.

C. Check the bottled water on the basement shelf and try to remember how old it is.

D. Drink and wash from a supply of bottled water that we replace every few months.

Your important papers and records are:

A. Misplaced; I have no idea where they are.

B. Scattered in various locations throughout the house.

C. Filed in the home office.

D. Secured in a water and fire proof box.

I’ve made the following arrangements for our pets:

A. I have no plans. Why do I need them? They go wherever I go

B. I'd leave them at home with plenty of food and water.

C. I'd take them with me, hoping I could find a shelter or hotel that will accept pets.

D. I've made plans with family, friends and my vet to take them at a moment's notice.

In case of emergency, my children know:

A. To trust me to take care of them. I don't want them disturbed by thinking about the bad things that can happen.

B. How to call 911 and how to call me.

C. That a list of emergency contacts is posted on the refrigerator.

D. The family disaster plan, which includes someone to call if we're separated, meeting places and a home escape route.

During an emergency, I would depend on the following for information:

A. My neighbors.

B. The television.

C. The Internet.

D. A battery-powered radio.

If I suddenly had to leave my home for five days, I would:

A. Hang out at the mall and wait to hear how long before we could return.

B. Throw some clothes and necessities in a suitcase and take an impromptu vacation.

C. Leave; then coordinate with family members or friends about what to do.

D. Grab my emergency kit and follow the steps in my family preparedness plan.

My emergency kit is:

A. I don't have one.

B. A drawer with flashlights and batteries, bottled water in the basement and a first-aid kit in the bathroom.

C. A bin with flashlights and batteries, bottled water, canned foods, and a first-aid kit.

D. Water to last three days, a battery-powered radio and flashlights with extra batteries; canned foods;
a first-aid kit; extra medications; and a portable emergency "go" kit in the car.

If local authorities told me to evacuate, I would:

A. Refuse to leave. Most "emergencies" don't turn out to be a big deal.

B. Wait to see if the situation worsened, then decide.

C. Wait for word from the Governor; he's the only one who can order an evacuation.

D. Follow the advice of local responders to ensure my safety and theirs.

I've made the following plans for my elderly parents:

A. Nothing specific. The authorities will take care of them.

B. I would call them and together we'd decide what to do as the situation unfolds.

C. We've agreed that they would call the nearest relative to come and get them.

D. I've helped them assemble their own emergency kit, and we have an extended family plan for relocating them if they need to leave.

How did you do? "D" is the best answer to all of the above questions. If you answered "D", you are as prepared as you can reasonably be. If you answered "C" to most questions, you’re on the right track, but still not prepared enough. If you answered "A" or "B" to most questions, you and your family may face serious risk if an emergency occurs. It’s never too late to: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Stay Informed.

Use the links below to learn about how you can make sure that when disaster strikes, you, your family and business are ready.

Survivor Day

A FREE 4 hour class, Survivor Day training provides families the necessary resources to prepare for an emergency. Participants receive a Survivor Kit with the basic supplies needed to sustain two adults for 72 hours.

For information about upcoming Survivor Day and other training offered by the Office of Emergency Management please call (804)646-2504.

Richmond Ready

Richmond Fire and Emergency Services, Office of Emergency Management has collaborated with WRIR, 97.3FM, to host interviews. The Richmond Ready initiative will feature subject matter experts discussing emergency preparedness tips. Listen out for upcoming live shows

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