The Town of Breckenridge recently completed its Emergency Operations Plan, which is an annex to Summit County’s Local All Hazard Emergency Operations Plan. This plan will be modified as we continue to work with the County and other municipalities on seeking improvements.
The ability to respond to a manmade or a natural disaster is a necessary function for town government. Our plan includes planning and identification of responsibilities, warning and evacuation, communication, direction and control, public information, resource management, damage assessment, emergency health and medical services and sheltering.
Being prepared starts with you. Following a disaster, community members may be on their own for a period of time because of the size of the area affected, lost communications and impassable roads. You should plan in advance what you will do in an emergency. Be prepared to assess the situation and have on hand whatever emergency supplies you need to take care of yourself and your loved ones for at least three days, maybe longer.
Consider making a kit. Think about fresh water, food and special items your family will need such as daily prescription medications, diapers, formula and pet food. It is possible that the power will be out and you will not have heat. Have warm clothing for each family member.
Develop a family communications plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another. And lastly, be informed. Research what kinds of disasters, both natural and manmade, are most likely to occur in your area.
For more detailed information on being prepared, please visit the following websites that offer detailed information, supply checklists and templates for creating a family communications plan. Don’t wait for disaster to strike, prepare now.