Emergency Preparedness

Radiation Emergency

Radiation Emergencies

New From the CDC!

Do you know what to do in a radiation emergency?

If a  radiation emergency  happens, you may be asked to get inside a  building and take shelter for a period of time. The walls of your home can block much of the harmful radiation. Getting inside of a building and staying there is called  "sheltering in place." Get Inside: Click here

Once you get in a building, there are things you can do to stay safe inside. Staying inside for at least 24 hours can protect you and your family until it is safe to leave the area. Always listen for additional instructions from emergency officials and radiation experts. You may need to wash yourself, you children or your pets if exposed to radiation. Stay inside: Click here

It will be important to stay tuned once you get inside for updated instructions from emergency response officials. As officials learn more about the emergency, they will be communicating the latest information to the public. Television, battery powered radio, and CDC's social media are some examples of ways that you may receive information. Stay tuned:  Click here

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Do you have supplies for sheltering in place? 

(Updated 9/26/2017)

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Planning for the Unexpected

Being prepared can mean taking a few simple actions like having:
  • A plan for your family in the event of a fire.
  • Extra food in the house when a snowstorm is predicted.
  • Flashlights with working batteries.
  • A hand-crank radio.
  • A non-electric phone in case of a power outage.
See the CDC, the American Red Cross, and Ontario County Emergency Management for more helpful information about being prepared for emergencies.

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Family PreparednessLet's Get Ready!

Remember to include all members of the family when developing your emergency plan.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has developed a booklet to help you avoid having to leave your animals in the event of a disaster or evacuation. Click here to view.

Is Our Community Prepared?
Efforts to educate the public regarding emergency preparedness have increased a lot in recent years; but are those efforts effective? Do people take emergency preparedness seriously? Read more...

Volunteering in an Emergency
It has been our pleasure over the past decade to connect with our community and identify people who are willing and able to assist in our Public Health emergency response efforts. To effectively respond to a large scale health emergency we would need over 1,500 prepared volunteers! Please consider joining our volunteer team.

To talk to a Public Health Representative about becoming a volunteer, please contact us.

To register as an Ontario County Volunteer, click here.

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FEMA


If you are considering becoming a volunteer, learn more about recommended courses offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These courses are free of charge and will prepare you for your role as a volunteer.
  • ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS).
  • IS-700.a, Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS).


Updated 5/9/16