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Cuyahoga County emergency alerts are broadcast on the following media outlets

  • Radio stations with Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) are WTAM 1100 AM and WCPN 90.3 FM .
  • TV stations WKYC TV 3, WEWS TV 5, WJW TV 8, WOIO TV 19, WVIZ TV 25 and WUAB TV 43.


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Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit
• Stock supplies for you and your family for at least 72 hours.
• A supply of water (1 gallon per day per person), stored in sealed, unbreakable containers.
• Keep a small amount of bleach (approx. 8 to 16 drops per gallon of water to purify).
• A supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a can opener. Check expiration dates and rotate regularly. Remember non-food staples such as paper towels, toilet paper and hygiene supplies.
• A change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes.
• Blankets and sleeping bags.
• A first aid kit and any prescription medications.
• An extra pair of glasses and hearing aid batteries, if applicable.
• Credit cards and a moderate amount of cash(not large sums).
• A list of important family information, medical needs, etc.
• A small tool kit.

Energy and Communication Concerns
• Make certain all flashlights and radios have fresh batteries. Keep batteries separate until needed. Consider having a NOAA Weather Radio.
• Be prepared to use battery powered radios and TVs to keep updated on emergency situations.
• The Emergency Alert System will be used to transmit any information over the radio and TV.
• Use light sticks and battery-operated lanterns in case of power outages.
• If weather is cold, consider closing off rooms of the house and using auxiliary means of heat, such as fireplaces, or fuel- fired portable heaters(be prepared to monitor CO levels when using this equipment).
• Store any flammable liquids, kept in readiness, in approved containers only.
• Sterno, camp stoves and propane grills may be used for cooking.
• Have fire extinguishers ready and charged.
• Keep your automobile tank at least half full.
• Stay away from any downed power lines.
• Keep a phone book available to look up any emergency numbers.

If You Need To Evacuate
• Listen to radio and TV announcements for locations of emergency shelters.
• Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
• Take your Disaster Supplies Kit.
• Lock your home.
• Use travel routes specified by local officials
• Take games or decks of cards to have something to do at the shelter.

If You Need To Shelter In Place
• Bring all family members and pets inside, then close and lock all doors and windows.
• Listen to your local radio or TV for information.
• Turn off all heating, cooling and ventilation systems if the incident involves hazardous materials.
• Have a pre-designated shelter room, equipped with plastic and duct tape that can be placed around windows and doors.
• Do Not leave your shelter area until given an ALL CLEAR by local officials.