Choose an emergency contact - A friend or family member out of town may be easier to reach in an emergency. Family members will contact this person in an emergency to let them know they are safe.
Make sure everyone knows how to contact the emergency contact
Know emergency contact numbers - Post them near your home phone & save them in your cell phones
Choose multiple meeting places - choose a place that is on high ground but easily accessible for all family members
Download the Ready Maricopa app for an easy walk-through of Emergency Preparation!
MAKE A KIT
At Home Emergency Kit
In an emergency, you may not have access to food, water, or electricity for several days. Prepare an emergency kit last will last you at least 3 days. Remember to make the kit make sense for your family!
Food - choose foods that are easy to make and will not spoil (Don’t forget the fur family members!)
Water - 1 gallon per person per day
Manual can opener
Matches/Lighter - store in a sealed plastic container
Flashlight & Batteries
Special Need Items - Medical needs, baby needs, pet needs
If you have to evacuate in a hurry, a grab & go bag will be very helpful. Fill with necessary items such as:
Food & Water
Personal Care Items
Flashlight, Radio, & Batteries
Cell Phone charger
Copies of Important Documents (store in a double zipped freezer bag for protection)
Extra Cash, map of the area, & extra keys of house & car
Unique family needs - baby needs, pet needs
Each family is unique. Pack things that make sense for your family. If you have children, get them involved! They can add one of their favorite games to the kit to keep the family occupied during stressful situations.
For Your Car
An emergency can happen anywhere at anytime. Keep a small emergency kit in your car in case of emergency during your commute.
Make sure to have extra gas, a blanket, window breaking hammer, etc.
Check your tire treads and windshield wipers and consider replacement if needed.
Current weather conditions can also be found on the National Weather Service website.
PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY
You do not need to live near water to be flooded. Every property in Maricopa County is at some risk of flooding, even those located outside floodplains.
One in four flood insurance claims nationally are for properties in areas outside the mapped FEMA 100-year floodplains.
Flood damage is not covered by homeowners’ insurance policies.
Owners whose property is located in a regulated 100-year floodplain are required to purchase flood insurance if they have a federally-backed mortgage.
If you get flooded, don’t assume federal disaster assistance or other government funds will help you. Federal disaster assistance is available only if the President declares a disaster. Relief funds are a loan that must be paid back with interest.
A dry floodproofed structure has been made watertight along the level where floodwaters could enter the structure. Applying waterproof membranes or other sealants to the exterior of structures and watertight shields for doors/ windows are an effective protection during a flood.
Some structures can be made from flood resistant materials and allow water to flow through during a large flood event. Barns or stables may be better suited for this as the lower portion of these structures are usually open.
In the event of flooding in areas where you have not had it before or need a quick way to divert flows away from valuable areas such as your home, there are emergency floodproofing techniques that can be deployed quickly to help prevent flooding. These techniques can be initiated on relatively short notice of potential flooding using stored or natural materials.
Sandbags can be used as temporary protection from flooding. When preparing sandbags, remember these tips:
Sandbags should be 1/2 to 2/3 full
Stack sandbags in a brick pattern
Focus on the entrances areas of the house like front doors and low entrances