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Although dealing with any disaster in the County will be paramount, the continuity of operations of the County Government must be maintained. Our emergency support functions, which include all County agencies, have established contingency plans to maintain operations to the entire County, even those who may not be affected by disaster.
All pre-designated shelters have auxiliary power provided by generators and are ADA accessible. When the determination is made as to which shelter(s) to open, the community will be informed via traditional media, the County’s website, if necessary the Emergency Notification System.
In addition, you should make sure you have an emergency response plan that you have prepared in advance with a friend, neighbor, or family member who can provide assistance to you, in the event of an emergency where you are unable to manage alone.
The goal of hazard mitigation is to decrease the need for response as opposed to simply increasing the response capability.
Make sure you discuss your plans with your loved ones and co-workers and give them copies of your plan. Individuals should prepare an Emergency Response Plan for both the home and office.
Information is available on the Augusta-Richmond County website to assist you in formulating your plan. To further assist you, links are also available to the Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross. In an emergency, the County’s website and local TV / radio stations will provide emergency information.
You also want to be prepared to shelter in place for three days (for example, a big snow storm). To shelter comfortably, you will want to have the basics:
Any items you normally use that you would need for three days should an emergency occur should also be included. If you have a pet, you will need three days supply of food and water for each pet. Should you have to evacuate, these supplies should go with you. More extensive lists and information can be found on websites dealing with preparedness, such as Ready.gov.
It is also a very good idea to have a go bag ready in case you have to evacuate either your home or work place. This small bag could include those personal items you would need if you had to leave without any notice as well as copies of financial records, pet’s veterinarian records (pets allowed only in pet designed shelters), extra keys for house and car, cash, spare glasses or other special needs items, such as medications, batteries for assistive devices, and copies of family documents.
For sheltering longer than three days, or if you have to evacuate, you may also want to include blankets and bedding, garbage bags, extra sets of clothes, pet carrier, litter, bags, water for pets, and personal hygiene items with the go-bag items.