The most important thing that you can do is to be informed and prepared. Disaster prevention includes both being prepared as well as reducing damages (mitigation).
The four important steps to be sure you and your department are ready for any emergency situation are: be informed about the different types of emergencies that can happen in your area and their appropriate responses, make a family/workplace communications plan, build an emergency kit, and get involved in community/college preparedness.
Do You Know What to Do?
Emergencies, accidents, injuries and other unexpected events can occur at any time and in any place. Being prepared both mentally and physically for the unexpected is the first and best defense to minimize an incident. Each of us must take a pro-active approach to providing a safe environment and although we cannot cover all situations, the procedures outlined here can help prepare you should an emergency arise. Be sure to:
Familiarize yourself with your surroundings.
Know the locations of all exits from your area or building in case fire or debris should block one.
Know the location of fire alarm pull stations.
Know the location of fire extinguishers and first-aid cabinets.
Know where to find the nearest phone or emergency call box to notify Public Safety.
Be aware of what is going on around you.
Lock your car and conceal valuable items.
Never leave personal property unattended.
Keep this guide handy, either close to or under your telephone.
Don't hesitate to call 9-1-1 immediately if you believe an emergency exists.