Frequently Asked Questions

What potential disasters should I prepare for?

List of recorded natural disaster types and incidents in Lincoln County:

Wildfires, Straight-line Winds, Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudflows, Debris Flows, Severe Winter Storms, Snowmelt & Flooding, Severe Winter Storm And Extreme Cold Temperatures, Tornadoes

What can I do to prepare?

Prepare a disaster plan. Each individual should have a personal disaster plan as well as a family disaster plan. If you are separated when a didaster strikes, how will you get back together, how will you communicate, where will you meet up? Who is responsible for the pets, the go bags, the medications, the important papers. Here is some help with preparing your plan.

What should I keep in my emergency supplies kit?

At a minimum a basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

Water, Food, Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, Flashlight, First aid kit, Extra batteries, Whistle (to signal for help), Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air), Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place), Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation), Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities), Manual can opener (for food), Local maps, Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery. Here is a basic supply list and other recommended items.

How much food and water should my family have on hand?

Store one gallon of water per person per day for a two week supply. If that is not possible, store a minimum of a three-day supply. See more…

Store enough non-perishable food for several days. See more…

What are the first things I should do during a disaster?

Follow instructions from your elected officials and other local authorities. In addition to acting on instructions you hear from the officials, you can monitor the status of disasters using various smart-phone apps, websites, and social media. If the need arises for shelters, evacuations or both, activate your personal (and family) disaster plan.

Where should I keep my emergency supplies kit?

Well, where will you be when disaster strikes? Since most of your time is likely spent at home, most of your emergency supplies should be kept at home. However, you also spend time in your car and possibly at work. It is worth considering keeping at least a basic kit in each of those locations.