Emergency Preparedness

emergency preparednessThe Kankakee County Health Department plays an important role in emergency preparedness for Kankakee County. KCHD coordinates trainings and drills within the organization and with partners throughout the county and state to be prepared for man-made and natural disasters.

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emergency preparedness 2The most likely threats to Kankakee County are severe weather related, including tornadoes and snow storms. It is important for individuals and families to be prepared for any type of disaster. 

Have a basic disaster kit ready for an emergency:

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable 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 and 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

Emergency kit information

Make a plan to be prepared for any emergency