Emergency Preparedness

Follow these basic steps to develop a family disaster plan:

Gather Information About Hazards


For information on what type of disasters could occur and how you should respond, please call the National Weather Service office at 937-898-4541 or the American Red Cross at 937-222-6711.

Most Importantly, Be Alert! Be Prepared!


When weather is threatening, stay tuned to a local radio or television station for weather updates. If a tornado is threatening Fairborn, emergency sirens will sound. Listen for a constant tone with very little variation in pitch. The siren will sound for approximately three minutes when a tornado has been sighted within five miles of the City. The sirens will not sound an "all-clear" signal. These sirens are tested on the first Monday of every month.

NOAA Weather Radio Brochure (PDF)

Know the Difference Between a Tornado Watch & Warning


  • A tornado "watch" means conditions are favorable for a tornado in the area.
  • A tornado "warning" means a tornado has been sighted, and may be approaching our area. When a warning is issued, go to a safe place such as a basement or a hallway to protect yourself from glass or flying objects.

Create a Family Plan


Discuss the information you have gathered. In case of an emergency, establish 2 family meeting places - locations outside of your home. Discuss what you would do if you needed to evacuate your home.

Implement Your Plan


  • Assemble a disaster supply kit in the trunk of your vehicle
  • Have your family learn basic CPR, first aid, how to use a fire extinguisher, and how and when to turn off water, gas, and electricity in your home
  • Inspect your home for potential hazards (items that can move, fall, break, or catch fire); correct any problems you discover
  • Install smoke detectors in your home, and keep fire extinguishers handy
  • Keep emergency telephone numbers by the phones
  • Keep important family documents in waterproof containers
  • Teach your children how and when to call 911

Practice & Maintain Your Plan


Ask questions to make sure your family remembers meeting places, phone numbers, and safety rules. Conduct drills on a regular basis. Test your smoke detectors monthly and change batteries twice a year. The best way to remember to change the batteries is to do it during the spring and fall time change. Have your fire extinguishers services and recharged by a licensed fire protection company. Replace stored food and water every six months.

Assemble a Disaster Supply Kit


Your kit should contain:
  • A 3-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day)
  • A credit card or cash
  • Emergency tools, including a battery powered NOAA Weather Radio (available at local electronic stores), a portable radio, flashlight, and plenty of extra batteries
  • An extra set of car keys
  • A first aid kit, including prescription medicines
  • Food that requires no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water (ready to eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables); remember to pack a manual can opener
  • Important family documents such as wills, insurances, contracts, deeds, bank account information, IDs, immunization records, and important telephone numbers
  • One change of clothing and footwear per person
  • Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members