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. Have a Household Disaster Plan
Develope a disaster plan with your family to prepare for what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency
2. Have an Emergency Supply Kit
Keep enough supplies in your home to survive on your own for up to 10 days and check your kit every three months.
3. Have a "Go" Bag
Every family member should pack a collection of items that may be needed in the event of an evacuation. A "Go" bag should be easily accessible and ready to go at all times of the year
Print our "Ready Maricopa!" preparedness brochure for a complete listing
of items in each and a wallet card for your plan: Ready Maricopa! - English
Listo Maricopa! - Espanol
Visit Ready.gov for
additional information on preparedness:
Is your cell phone registered for the Community Emergency Notification System (Reverse 911)?
CENS Brochure - English
CENS Brochure - Espanol