Make A Plan

Get your entire family involved in the emergency planning process. Discuss why you need to prepare for disaster and the types of disasters most likely to occur in your home and in our geographic region. Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team. Disaster preparedness planning can be educational, fun, and lifesaving.


Familiarize yourself with the signs of events that come without warning and know the local advance alerts and warnings and how you will receive them. Learning what to do in different situations and developing and customizing your plans for the hazards we have in Pennington County and the specific needs of household members including animals will help you reduce the impact of disasters and may save lives and prevent injuries.

    • Tune into local TV and radio stations following an alert message from the Emergency Alert System.
    • Follow instructions from officials.
  • Learn about the Emergency Messaging used in Pennington County to warn of emergencies and disasters.  

Build an Emergency Kit

Put together your own emergency kit or purchase an emergency kit. Either way, your disaster kit should contain essential supplies to see you through a minimum of three days. It should be checked and updated every six months.

Plan for Vulnerable Populations

Older americans, senior parents, people with disabilities and children may have specific needs that need to be considered in your disaster plan.

Remember Your Pets

Because of health regulations, many shelters do not allow pets. Prepare now for the day when you and your pets may have to leave your home.