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Ready in 3

Local, state, and federal agencies have plans to protect the public. But you are responsible for your own safety, even in an emergency. At home, school, work, and even in our cars, we need to know what to do in an emergency and where to go. Ready in 3 is an easy way to learn how to prepare for an emergency.

Ready in 3 includes three steps:

  • Create a plan for you, your family, and your business.
  • Prepare a kit for home, car and work.
  • Listen for information about what to do and where to go during an actual emergency.

View/download the PowerPoint presentation about Ready in 3 which you can show your family, business or civic organization.


Below are some helpful downloadable brochures to help you plan for any type of emergency in English, Spanish and Somali. The information is brought to you in cooperation from the partners in the Columbus Metropolitan Medical Response System.

Planning for Emergencies Booklet

This booklet provides clear information on preparing for emergencies and creating emergency kits for your home, car, and work.

English | Spanish | Somali

Family Communications Card

Use this pocket-sized card to keep important information and phone numbers. These cards should be given to every member of the family and can fit easily into a purse, wallet, or backpack.

English | Spanish | Somali

Shelter in Place Card

In an emergency it may be dangerous to evacuate if there are harmful agents or materials in the air. You may be told to find shelter indoors wherever you are. This is called Shelter-In-Place. The Shelter-in-Place Card provides simple instructions about how to take shelter indoors. It also provides steps to take if you do need to evacuate.

English | Spanish | Somali

Biological, Chemical and Radiological Emergency Threat

The Biological, Chemical and Radiological Emergency Threats pamphlet provides information on the effects of specific emergency threats and what you can do to prepare yourself and your family.

English | Spanish | Somali