By Robert Haight
Marshfield Fire Chief
September is National Preparedness Month with a slogan of “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.”
The City of Marshfield has an all hazards Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) which has been continuously revised and updated since its inception. Having an Emergency Plan is a critical first step but it needs to be practiced and communicated to everyone involved in its implementation. The City of Marshfield’s Emergency Planning Committee is tasked with revising this EOP but also with testing it by full scale as well as tabletop exercises.
The City of Marshfield’s EOP realizes that the City may very well be without help for the first 72 hours after an emergency event. Your family should also have a plan to help itself for at least three days.
Does your family have a communication plan in case they find themselves separated during an emergency? Do you have enough food and water on hand for three days? What about ready cash as credit and debit cards will not be useful if the power is out?
These are just a few of the many items that you should consider and plan for.
The City of Marshfield along with the federal government encourages all citizens to develop their own emergency plan to help themselves through these first 72 hours. Help in developing your plan is available at the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department’s website at www.ci.marshfield.wi.us/FireDept as well as at www.ready.gov/prepare.