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Emergency Planning

Disaster can strike at any time with little or no notice. In the event of any emergency, do you know what to do? Regardless of the source of an emergency, you’ll always be in better shape if you’ve done something to prepare for the unexpected. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross have prepared a helpful and detailed emergency preparedness checklist that may be helpful. Lacey Fire District 3 also offers these helpful tips for being prepared.

Create a Family Plan

  • Identify the emergency types your family may face.
  • Designate places your family can meet – at your residence, in your community and beyond.
  • Designate a point of contact for family members to call if they become separated.
  • Keep an updated list of all emergency contact numbers for your family.
  • Don’t forget to include a plan for your pets.
  • Review your insurance coverage.
  • Document your possessions. Taking pictures or videos are good options.
  • Gather all important family documents and store them in a waterproof container.
  • Every six months, replace the water, food and batteries in your emergency kit.
  • Talk to your physician or pharmacist about the quantity and storage of prescription medications.
  • Cash, travelers checks.
  • Special items for infants and elderly.
  • Toys, books, games.


Helpful tips for being prepared for an emergency.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

  • Water: one gallon per person per day for five days.
  • Nonperishable food, non-electric can opener, plastic utensils, paper plates.
  • Extra clothing and sturdy shoes.
  • Personal hygiene items.
  • First aid kit including, nonprescription medications, whistle, utility knife, plastic sheathing.
  • Tool kit with assorted screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, hammer, etc.
  • Liquid soap, bleach, disinfectant, plastic bucket with lid.
  • Cash, travelers checks.
  • Special items for infants and elderly.
  • Toys, books, games.
  • Flashlights, radio, extra batteries.
  • Blankets and pillows.
  • Good supply of plastic bags in various sizes.

When Do You Need to Call Us?

Our local fire stations receive a multitude of calls when floods, windstorms, winter weather or other natural disasters or emergencies occur. We urge you to always dial 9-1-1 in any situation when you feel there is an actual or impending fire or related medical emergency, but please be aware that our staff and resources must be dedicated to true emergencies. For instance, a downed power line is a hazard, and the local power company should be notified of all fallen lines. Dial 9-1-1 only if you see the line is sparking and causing a potential fire hazard.

Additional Emergency Resources

For more information, check out these additional emergency preparedness links and resources:

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