Emergency Preparedness

  1. Common Weather Alerting Terms

    Learn about the common weather alerting terms form watches to warnings.

  2. Emergency Management

    The purpose of the St Charles County Division of Emergency Management (DEM) is to promote unified planning and coordination of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery before, during, and after a disaster.

  3. Family Disaster Plan

    With some basic planning, you can provide your family with the tools and information that they need to help them through a wide range of potential emergencies.

  4. Family Disaster Supplies

    Access a family disaster supplies kit checklist.

  5. Flood

    Flooding is the most commonly occurring natural disaster. There are more disaster declarations due to flooding than any other natural event. More fatalities are flood-related than any other weather hazard.

  6. Volunteer Organizations

    Behind the scenes, volunteers work closely with the St. Charles County Division of Emergency Management and other agencies.

  7. Pets in Disasters

    It is recommended that you prepare and regularly practice a disaster plan with your family and to put together a supply kit in advance of any emergencies.

  8. Preparedness Planning

    While emergency responders and government agencies plan and train to respond to disasters of all sizes and types, it is critical for individuals and families to be able to sustain themselves until professional help can arrive or vital services, such as electricity, can be restored.

  9. Severe Weather

    Learn about severe weather and what to do before, during, and after a thunderstorm or tornado.

  10. Storm Shelter Information

    The primary causes of tornado deaths and injuries are wind and wind-driven debris. Refuge areas need to provide protection in all directions (including overhead) from both of these hazards.

  11. Training

    One of the most important parts of emergency preparedness is knowledge - what to do, what to expect and how to prepare.