Introduction to Family Preparedness Guide
- The September 11th terrorist attacks of 2001
and the continued threat of a future attack made
everyone aware of the vital role played by
police, fire, and emergency personnel during a
disaster. The incidents also reinforced the
message public safety professionals' stress
everyday: Be prepared.
- No one will ever be immune to disasters.
Police officers, fire department personnel,
paramedics, and other city, county, and state
personnel are ready to assist you in the event
of an emergency, but you can help them and your
family by taking a few simple steps and doing a
little bit of disaster pre-planning.
- Please take a few minutes to review this
Family Preparedness Information. Keep a hard
copy for future reference, since you never know
when you might need it. Put the guide in a
prominent place. Make sure ALL family members
are familiar with it, and practice fire and
evacuation drills. Update this guide
immediately when information changes. And take
it with you if you need to evacuate!
If you call 911, remember the
operators rely on good information to save lives.
Please be prepared to give the operator:
- Location of emergency, including the
complete address, apartment number, and gate
code if necessary.
- Your name and phone number.
- As much detail as possible about the nature
of the emergency.
- Having information ready will enable
emergency personnel to respond quickly and
- You should also teach your children how and
when to dial 911 for help and what information
they will need to provide.
How you will be notified in the event of
- Tune in to your local television station,
KTAR 92.3 FM or KEC94, Phoenix VHF Frequency
162.550 for Emergency Alert System
- It is important to keep a battery operated
radio in case an emergency knocks out electrical
power. In smaller-scale emergencies that affect
specific neighborhoods, police, fire, and other
personnel typically notify residents
- Emergency shelter locations are identified
and set up as needed based on each individual
emergency situation. In the event of an
evacuation, emergency personnel would
communicate shelter location information to