Posey County has all kinds of weather, from tornadoes to ice storms. 

Are you ready in case of an emergency?

Whatever the season, now is a good time

to make your plans to be ready for an emergency.  


Call the Posey County Red Cross office at 812-838-3671 for

  • CPR and First Aid training
  • More information about emergency and safety preparedness

Download Are You Prepared? infographic above created by the CDC

1.  Get a kit.

  • Water:  one gallon per person per day.
  • Food: non-perishable/high protein items, ready-to-eat soups, energy bars, peanut butter, etc. - foods that require no refrigeration or cooking.
  • Radio: include extra batteries or use hand-crank radio.  In Posey County, tune to WIKY at 104.1 FM.
  • First aid kit: include list of medications family members need with dosages and a quick first aid reference guide.
  • Flashlight: remember extra batteries or use a hand crank flashlight.
  • Medications: both prescription and non-prescription items.
  • Additional items to think about including: tools, clothing, personal items, sanitary supplies, pet supplies, money (have cash), contact information (remember cell phones may not work so have a written list, and maps.


Store supplies in easy-to-carry containers in a place that is easily accessible.


2.  Make a plan.

  • Talk with your family about the disasters that can happen in this area of the country.
  • Know the designated meeting areas for both your family and the community.  Community meeting areas for Posey County are your local township fire stations.
  • Know where the utility shut-offs are and how to use them.
  • Tell everyone in your family where emergency supplies are stored.
  • Practice your plan.
  • Include pets in your plan.


3.  Be informed.

  • Learn the types of disasters that can occur in Posey County and how to be prepared for those that will affect your family as well as those that affect the entire community (tornadoes, extreme winter weather, earthquakes).
  • Know how to find out important information during a time of emergency.  This includes what radio station to listen to and where to meet in the community to find the latest information.
  • Learn what you can do to prepare for disasters such as knowing basic first aid, CPR and how to recognize the need for emergency help.
  • Share your knowledge with that of your neighbors.  Help them to become informed.


Find more checklists for various kinds of emergencies in the American Red Cross Disaster Safety Library

3 Steps for Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

Immediate Needs: Deciding Whether to Evacuate or Stay Put

Do I need to evacuate or stay put and shelter in place? That is the question, and the answer depends on the type of disaster. Your local radio or TV stations can offer the answer you need.


​Find tips at www.fema.gov for these Immediate Needs below and more:


Tips from the Center for Disease Control

​​3 Steps to Help You React Well during an Emergency
1.  Check the scene for safety and people for life threatening conditions.
2.  Call 9-1-1 to request professional help.
3.  Care for victims, if you can reach the person safely.

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