Emergency preparedness is not the sole concern of Californians for earthquakes, those who live in "Tornado Alley"; or Gulf Coast residents because of hurricanes. The City of Nashua has been impacted by several types of hazards during its lifetime. Americans also travel more than ever before; to areas impacted by hazards they may not be at risk of near their homes. Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.
Some of the basic protective actions are similar for multiple hazards. For example, safety is necessary when experiencing all hazards, whether this means sheltering or evacuating depends on the specific emergency. Developing a family communications plan or making an emergency supply kit are the same for accidental emergencies, natural disasters and also terrorism. However, there are important differences among potential emergencies that should impact the decisions you make and the actions you take.
The three main objectives of every individual in Nashua to prepare for an emergency are the following:
- Make a Plan - Prepare a plan for how you and your family will prepare for an emergency.
- Build a Kit - Build a kit for disasters to be prepared.
- Stay Informed - Find out how you will be alerted of an emergency and where you will go for more information.
How to Make a Plan
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.
You should also inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycarwwwe and school, faith organizations, sports events and commuting. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to community leaders, your colleagues, neighbors and members of faith or civic organizations about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance.
If you are asked to evacuate, you should stay with a friend or family member outside of the disaster area. SHELTERS SHOULD ONLY BE USED AS A LAST RESORT. The City of Nashua plans to use Nashua High School South as a primary shelter location during a major emergency. In the event that Nashua High School South is not available for use as an emergency shelter, the City of Nashua will provide information through local media and www.nashuanh.gov about where the alternate shelter is located. Nashua High School South is located at 36 Riverside Drive, Nashua, NH 03062.
View the Ready.gov page for information on how to Make a Plan
How to Build a Kit
A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.
You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.
Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages. Ensure you have any necessary items in your kit for pets, children, or those with medical conditions.
View the Ready.gov page for information on how to Build a Kit
How to Stay Informed
During an emergency the City of Nashua can alert you in a variety of different ways:
- Local TV and radio stations will be provided with information by City Officials on an emergency and will be able to broadcast this info to any viewers or listeners. Residents should use the following: TV WMUR Channel 9, WYCN Channel 13 or Local Radio; FM: 88.3, 95.7, 96.5, 101.1, 106.3 AM: 610, 900, 1110, 1250, 1320, 1370, 1490, 1590
- Information about the emergency will be posted to the City of Nashua website at www.nashuanh.gov and our social media pages at Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
- Residents can call the City Emergency Information Line at 603-589-3456. This line will provide a recorded message with information about the emergency, and in major emergencies, an operator will be provided to answer questions by residents.
- Information will be provided on all three Nashua Government Access stations including Channel 16, 96, and 99.
- For weather emergencies, residents should own a battery powered NOAA All-Hazards Radio. This radio can activate during a Watch and Warning of a variety of weather hazards issued by the National Weather Service. These radios are extremely inexpensive and could save your life!
- It is critical to report ALL power and water outages in the City of Nashua. Even if you think the outage has already been reported by a neighbor, you still need to report yours. To find out information about Power outages or Water outages, please call the following numbers:
- Electric - PSNH: 1-800-662-7764
- Water - Pennichuck: 1-800-553-5191
- If you have an police, fire, or medical emergency: CALL 911!
For more information on how to prepare for an emergency, visit www.ready.gov and www.nh.gov/readynh