Preparing for an Emergency is Important; Make Your Emergency Plan Today
For Immediate Release: September 18, 2015 - 10:30 A.M.
Friday, September 18, 2015/Categories: News and Announcements
In the wake of the Lumpkin Fire east of Oroville and other fires still burning in northern California, National Preparedness Month, and the reminder to Make Your Emergency Plan Today, feels critically important to many people. Preparing for an emergency is always essential. It is easy for people to forget the importance of preparing until they are reminded how quickly an emergency, such as a wildfire or flood, can happen and how critical it is to be prepared.
September is National Preparedness Month. First responders and public service agencies throughout Butte County remind residents, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Making a pre-determined communication plan is key to ensuring the safety of your home, family, and pets whether you are planning for a wildfire, flood, power outage, or an emergency related to severe weather.
Make a Plan
Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to think about the following situations and plan just in case. Consider the following questions when making a plan:
1.How will my family/household get emergency alerts and warnings?
2.How will my family/household get to safe locations for relevant emergencies?
3.How will my family/household get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landline doesn’t work?
4.How will I let loved ones know I am safe?
5.How will family/household get to a meeting place after the emergency?
Visit http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan for tips on making a plan as well as sample communication plans.
Stay Informed During an Emergency
An important step in preparing for an emergency is to make sure all household members know how they will be notified during an emergency. Make sure you are able to get alerts about an emergency in Butte County. First responders and public service agencies provide emergency information in several ways.
Step 1: Sign up to receive emergency notifications.
The countywide emergency notification system is used to alert residents of evacuation warnings and orders in their area. Landline telephone numbers are automatically enrolled in the notification system. To receive notifications as an email or via your mobile phone (including text message), sign up online at, https://buttecounty.onthealert.com.
Step 2: Keep Important Emergency Information Phone Numbers
Keep emergency information phone numbers in your mobile phone contact list or keep a printed card in your purse or wallet so you and your family know what phone number to contact for emergency information.
Remember: Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies only, not for information.
Butte County Emergency Information Phone Numbers
•CALFIRE/Butte County Fire - 1.530.538.7826, Fire information
•PG&E Information Line - 1.800.743.5000, Report power outages and downed power lines
•Caltrans Information Line - 1.800.427.7623, For current highway conditions
Step 3: Follow Local Social Media Accounts and Bookmark Websites
Social Media (visit buttecounty.net/connectbutte for a full list of social accounts)
•Butte County •twitter.com/CountyofButt