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Emergency Preparedness

The City has a City-wide emergency response plan. One goal is to empower you, your friends and family to plan for any emergency that might occur.

Such emergencies might include:

  • sustained loss of power/water
  • a natural disaster
  • wide-spread illness or flu, or
  • other local or national event

To prepare for the unexpected, assemble an emergency supply kit, keep it as near to the door as possible, and make a specific emergency plan. It is also a good idea to have a kit in each vehicle and at your place of employment.

Evaluate your personal needs and make a plan that fits those needs. Review and update your kit at least once a year to accommodate family changes.

Below are check-lists for preparation of an emergency kit, including links to documents to include in each kit.

Emergency Kit Supplies

  • Emergency Contact List
  • Battery operated radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries of various sizes
  • Signaling device, such as a whistle, beeper, bell, or screecher
  • Food for at least 3 days
  • Water-- one gallon per person, per day
  • Food and water for your pet
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Extra blankets
  • First aid kit with bandages, hand sanitizer, insect repellent, and flu and cold remedies
  • Emergency Supply List

Important Documents and Papers

  • Emergency Health Information Card
  • License, state ID, or passport
  • Recent photo if you have no license
  • Birth certificate
  • Copies of Social Security Card, food stamps card or eligibility letter, medication prescriptions, Social Security Benefits (SSI or SSDI) eligibility letter, Private Health Insurance, Medicaid and Medicare Cards
  • Power of attorney, health care power of attorney, living will forms
  • Written instructions to turn off your utilities
  • Written instructions for your personal care including medications, or medical equipment and assistive devices
  • Important Documents and Papers

Emergency Kit Resources

  • Complete packet of checklists.
  • Shelter checklist.
  • Individuals with disabilities.
  • Older individuals with special needs.
  • How to prepare with pets.

Ready Notify

Sign up for ReadyNotify, a mass notification system used by Cuyahoga County and participating municipalities to issue emergency notifications to the public. It is similar to the communications systems schools use to notify parents of closures or other time-sensitive information.

The system delivers messages to residents and businesses by telephone, cellular phone, text message, or electronic mail. You can expect to receive notifications about:

  • Emergency Events
  • Cuyahoga County Government News
  • Cuyahoga County Building Closures
  • Water Boil Alerts
  • Safety Messages

Illuminating Company Power Outages

The Illuminating Company offers customers 24/7 mobile alerts on power outages and access to account services. Download the app for your iPhone or Android device by searching “First Energy” or “Illuminating Company” in the app store. Sign up to receive automated emails or text messages for information on outages, updates on power restoration, reminders for billing and meter readings, and more. Learn more in The Illuminating Company’s Communications Tools for Utility Customers.

Business Readiness Resources

The Department of Homeland Security has developed a Pandemic Influenza Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Guide. In addition, the following resources may assist your business in preparing for any type of emergency:

Computer Inventory
Business Emergency Supply List
Ready.gov Business Brochure


City Resources:

For additional emergency preparedness information, visit the Health Department FAQs.
Shaker Heights Emergency Services: Police and Fire.
Attend First Aid/CPR and AED training.
Poison Control Center (800-222-1222)
Other Resources:

An excellent, easy-to-navigate web-based resource for disaster preparation is http://www.ready.gov/, which is managed by the Department of Homeland Security. Also, look at the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) web sites to learn more.

Citizen Corps: http://www.citizencorps.gov/index.shtm

Ohio's Agency for Service & Volunteerism: http://serveohio.org/

Medical Reserve Corps: http://www.medicalreservecorps.gov/HomePage

Friday, September 30, 2016