Be Ready: How To Prepare for Emergencies

The following is a list of suggested actions residents can take in preparation for a man-made or natural disaster. Everyone needs to be prepared! There is great information available at on personal preparedness.

Steps You Can Take

Get a Kit

Everyone should have a personal preparedness kit. Services such as water, sewer and electricity can be cut out for several days. While the City of Lebanon Emergency Services stand ready to assist you in an emergency, there may be times depending on the demands and limited resources, that a resident may need to be self-sufficient for several days in the event of a natural disaster. We will make every attempt to address your needs but calls for service will be prioritized based on life safety.

Build A Kit: Have enough food, water, and critical supplies to take care of each person in your household for up to 72 hours. More Information can be found at

Emergency kit with water bottles, flashlight, gauze, poncho, goggles, etc.

Make a Plan For You, Your Family and Your Pets

You and your family may not be together during an emergency. Families should make a plan to know how they will contact each other, such as through an out-of-state family member during an emergency. Your pets are also important members of your family, so they need to be included in your family’s emergency plan. 

Shelter Evacuation Checklist

If you need to evacuate your home to be safe at a shelter, please bring the following items if possible:

  • Two changes of clothes
  • Pillows
  • Sheets and blankets and/or a sleeping bag
  • Medications
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Cell phone and charger

Stay Informed

Local authorities may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should listen to your battery-operated or hand-cranked NOAA Weather Radio watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet often for official news and instructions as they become available. For more information, visit the NOAA Weather Radio website.

Do not use electrical items such as computers or television sets as power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.

A corded telephone should only be used in an emergency, but cordless phones and cell phones are safe to use. Also, remember that cordless telephones require power and will not operate during a power outage.


The FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) website provides a lot of information on disasters and assistance, floods, emergency management and more. 

The City of Lebanon will make every attempt to provide timely information and updates via several sources:

  • Local Radio and Television
  • City of Lebanon Website
  • Facebook - The Lebanon Fire Department maintains a Facebook Page to assist in providing updates on local emergency activities.
  • Twitter - Alerts are tweeted to @LebAlert as they become available.
  • LebAlert email blast - register for notifications today
  • During a local emergency, the City of Lebanon will also publish phone numbers for residents to call for up-to-date information or to request assistance.

If you require immediate assistance during an emergency please call 911. If you have any questions about personal preparedness please feel free to contact Lebanon Emergency Management at 603-448-8810, Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm.