Personal and Family Preparedness

The Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management does a lot of planning and practicing year round to ensure the County is ready to respond to a variety of emergency situations, but there is absolutely nothing that can take the place of personal readiness.

Being “ready” means being able to stay or go on a moment’s notice. A recent survey of county residents revealed that 40% have done nothing to prepare to shelter themselves in their homes for any length of time and 21% responded that they have done nothing to prepare for an evacuation.

Preparedness is as simple as . . .

  1. Be Informed
  2. Have a Plan
  3. Be Ready to Stay
  4. Be Ready to Go

Do you know what hazards affect Maricopa County the most? Where would you go for information? Awareness is an important ingredient to preparedness. The more you know about public health and safety hazards in your community, the better you can prepare for any and all possibilities.

  • Find about about emergency plans where you work and at school. If there is not a plan in place, offer to help create one.
  • Know your risk. The top three hazards in Maricopa County are Flooding, Wildfires, and Heat Emergencies.
  • Sign up to receive emergency notifications via your cell phone.
  • Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together in an emergency. If you have neighbors who might need special assistance, help them make a plan.
  • Turn to your local media for information and instructions. The Emergency  Broadcast System (EAS) relays messages through TV and radio.
    • It  is important that you can access this messaging even if the power is  out. Include things like battery powered radios (with extra batteries),  or solar chargers for you cell phones in your emergency kit.
    • Emergencies  can be unpredictable, that is why it is so important to listen to and  follow all instructions given by local authorities who are monitoring  the situation.
  • You can get more preparedness information from our social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.We are also signed up as an agency on Nextdoor.