Emergency Preparedness Tips

Here are some tips and Internet website links to help keep you and your family prepared in case of an emergency:

  • Always have an emergency plan for yourself and family members which should include alternate meeting points or telephone contact points.
  • Keep extra foods, water, and medical supplies such as a first aid kit on hand in case of an emergency.
  • Report any suspicious activity or unattended items to the police immediately.  Do not touch or approach suspicious items.  Leave the area and summon police assistance.
  • Be alert for anyone showing inappropriate attention, photographing, or asking questions about public facilities, structures, or critical infrastructure, and report that activity immediately to the Owensboro Police Department at (270) 687-8888 or the local office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at (270) 926-3441.
  • If there is a fire, explosion, or other emergency, do not panic.  Calmly proceed away from the threat in an upwind direction of 1000 feet or as directed by a police officer or firefighter.
  • Always obey the directions of police officers or firefighters.
  • If you suspect a dangerous substance has been released, calmly leave the area immediately taking care to go at least 1000 feet in an upwind direction.  As soon as possible, call 911 and describe to the operator any strange odors, inappropriate items (such as spray devices), or symptoms you may be experiencing or reactions from other persons.  If you suspect you may have come into contact with a dangerous substance, obey directions from emergency responders.
  • You can begin emergency self-decontamination by removing clothing believed to be contaminated and flushing any affected area with water from a hose until help arrives. Promptly report all emergencies to the Owensboro Police Department by dialing 911.
  • Report any terrorism-related information to the Owensboro Police Department at (270) 687-8888 and the local field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at (270) 926-3441.

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