After a major disaster the usual services we take for granted, such as running water, refrigeration, and telephones, may be unavailable. Experts recommend that you should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least three days. Store your household disaster kit in an easily accessible location.  Put contents in a large, watertight container (e.g. a large plastic garbage can with a lid and wheels) that you can move easily. 
disaster_supply_kit.jpgYour basic emergency kit should include:

  • Water – one gallon per person per day
  • Food – ready to eat or requiring minimal water
  • Manual can opener and other cooking supplies
  • Plates, utensils and other feeding supplies
  • First Aid kit & instructions
  • Prescription Medications
  • Flashlight & extra batteries
  • Battery operated radio & extra batteries
  • A copy of important documents & phone numbers
  • Emergency Cash in small denominations, plus change for payphones
  • Warm clothes and rain gear for each family member.
  • Heavy work gloves
  • Disposable camera
  • Unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper for water purification
  • Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer and soap, tooth brushes and toothpaste
  • Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows
  • Tools such as a crowbar, hammer & nails, staple gun, adjustable wrench and bungee cords.
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation
  • Any special-needs items for children, seniors, or people with disabilities.
  • Items for your pets

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Prepare yourself and your family for a disaster by making an emergency plan. Depending upon the nature of the emergency and your circumstances, one of the first important decisions is whether to stay where you are or evacuate. You should understand and plan for both possibilities.


When an emergency strikes Anderson County Emergency Services will work to put out important information to the public. One method of getting information out quickly is to notify radio and TV broadcasts outlets in our region as well as other media.   Depending on the type of emergency there are some cases where you might hear a special siren, or even get a telephone call via our reverse notification system.

Anderson County Emergency Services also pushes out information via text messaging, as well as on  social media sites such as Twitter™, and Facebook™.  In rare circumstances, volunteers and emergency workers may go door-to-door to provide vital information.



There are actions that should be taken before, during and after an event that are unique to each hazard. Identify the hazards that have happened or could happen in your area and plan for the unique actions for each.  Local Emergency management offices can help identify the hazards in your area and outline the local plans and recommendations for each. Share the hazard-specific information with family members and include pertinent materials in your family disaster plan.

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Whatever one chooses to call it — disaster planning, emergency preparedness, or business continuity (and experts note that there are differences) — the goals are ultimately the same: to get an organization back up and running in the event of an interruption.

The problem causing the interruption could be one computer crashing or an entire network failing. Or it could be an electrical outage or the result of a terrorist activity or severe weather.  Regardless of the cause, the goal is to have some contingency plans in the event of a problem. A disaster recovery plan exists to preserve the organization so that it can continue to offer its services.  Sadly, many organizations simply do not have a plan.  


We often times think that disasters only happen in “other places" and not here.  The truth is that disasters can happen anywhere and in any place, Anderson County is not immune.
Though it does not happen often, we can see winter weather that can cause extended power outages and the inability to be able to safely travel for several days.  When that happens, people often go to the stores and empty the shelves of needed items.  Do you have what you would need, on hand, to last for several days?


Tornadoes can also interrupt utility service, and cause extensive damage, injury, and even death.  What would your family do if your neighborhood was impacted by such a storm?

Flooding is also an issue that can cause damage to homes, businesses and property.  Do you have insurance to cover such losses?   Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover damage caused by flooding.  Flood insurance is inexpensive, and information about such insurance can be found here.
Making a plan is your first defense for you and your family to service an emergency or disaster, and make it easier to cover from such an event.  We urge you to look at the material contained on these pages, and make a plan to insure the safety of you and your family.