Emergency Preparedness



Fire can spread through your home very rapidly.  You may have as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds.  Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside sleeping areas and on every level of your home.  Your ability to get out safely depends on advanced warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.  A home fire escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practice is a vital part of home fire safety.

Have everyone in your home assist with making the plan. Walk through the residence and inspect all possible exits and escape routes (make sure routes are clear and that doors and windows can be opened easily). Attempt to locate at least two ways out of every room/area.  Everyone in the household must understand the escape plan. In homes with children it may be helpful to draw the escape routes/plan.  Choose an outside meeting place (neighbor’s home, mailbox, tree, etc.) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they have escaped.

Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road. This will insure your fire department is able to efficiently locate your home.  Have everyone memorize the emergency phone number of the fire department.

Once you’re out, Stay out! Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. If someone is missing, inform the fire department when they arrive or when the emergency phone call is made.  Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues.

Practice your plan!  Do this at least twice a year. Make the drill as realistic as possible.

To obtain a copy of the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) home escape plan grid sheet that can be utilized to develop your escape plan click here

Please contact the fire department at (440)232-1214 or ssolar@bedfordoh.gov for additional information or assistance in developing your basic fire escape plan.


A disaster of any kind may interfere with normal supplies of food, water, heat and normal day-to-day necessities. It is important to keep a stock of emergency supplies on hand sufficient to meet your needs for seventy-two hours (three days). Although you may not be directly in an area directly impacted by a natural disaster or terrorist event, utilities and other services may be affected.

In an emergency, first responders will be focusing on treating those who are injured or may need to be evacuated. It may take some time to restore power or other services to you and your family. That is why an emergency supply kit is essential so that you and your family can take care of yourselves for a three-day period of time. It is not expected that disruptions would be that long; however, having the necessary supplies will ensure that you are cared for and our emergency workers can focus on those most in need.

If you are forced to remain in your house during a nuclear, chemical or biological release or some other natural disaster or event, adequate supplies could help you live through a period of danger without hardship. If you are directed to evacuate instead of sheltering-in-place, the emergency supply kit can be taken with you and used to ease the transition to a shelter.

It is advisable to update your kit regularly. You should replace the water supply and any food that may have reached its use-by or expiration date. An easy way to remind oneself to update your kit is to use Daylight Savings Time. When you change your clocks, you should also change your kits. It is also a good time to check the batteries in your home’s smoke alarms and other household safety equipment.

An emergency supply kit should include the following:

  • A battery powered radio and a flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Bottled drinking water (one gallon per day, per person, with at least a three day supply for each person in your household)
  • Drinkable liquid (fruit and vegetable juices, soft drinks, etc.)
  • Canned or sealed packaged foods that do not require refrigeration or cooking and can opener 
  • One change of clothing and footwear per person
  • A blanket or sleeping bag for each family member
  • Personal hygiene items,  non-prescription drugs such as pain reliever, etc. and  prescription medications (do not store in kit for long period of time but make sure to include at last minute)
  • First aid kit
  • Filtering mask with a rating of at least N95
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, bank account records and emergency contact numbers and writing material
  • Cash or Traveler’s Checks
  • Cell phone
  • Whistle (to signal for help), matches, pocket knife, hammer, wrench, pliers
  • Soap, towels, paper towels, toilet paper, pre-moistened towlettes
  • Household laundry bleach (unscented)
  • Plastic bags of various sizes and duct tape 

Have children create a personal pack. Familiar things will help keep them comfortable during an emergency. Have them include things like their favorite book or stuffed animal.

A child's kit may include: 

  • Books, games, paper, pencil and crayons 
  • Blanket
  • Clothes

If you have pets, include the following items in your kit :

  • Identification collar and copy of vet record
  • Leash
  • Newspaper, litter or trash bags for waste
  • Two-week supply of food and medications

Store all supplies in watertight containers.

TIP: You can store additional water by filling bathtubs and sinks with water if an emergency is declared. 

Information on the Regional Siren Notification System can be found by clicking here