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Prepare Now!  Emergency Readiness

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In an emergency, you may need a supply kit at home or to take with you in an evacuation. Prepare your kit and keep it handy. Make sure everyone at home knows where it is. Replace food, water, medical supplies, and batteries as needed.

Water: Store at least 2 gallons of water for each person (bottled water or tap water in clean air-tight containers). This should last you 3 days. Change of clothing and sturdy shoes or work boots for each person, thermal underwear, rain gear, sunglasses, hat/gloves
Food: Supplies with long shelf life, like canned, dried, and packaged foods that do not require cooking. Have enough food to last the family at least 3 days. Include meats, fruits, vegetables, juices, milk, soup, sugar, salt/pepper, peanut butter/jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix, vitamins plus comfort foods: cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereal, instant coffee/tea bags. Sheets, blankets, sleeping bags
Mess kits, paper cups, plates, utensils, and can opener. Utility knife
Medicines: Have a 2-3 day supply of your prescription medicines. Put them in child proof bottles and label them with your name and expiration date. You might ask your doctor for extra medicine for your emergency kit. Check the expiration dates every 6 months. Hand sanitizer & lotion
Standard First Aid Kit: Sterile adhesive bandages, 2 & 4 inch gauze pads, hypoallergenic adhesive tape, triangular bandages, 2 & 3 inch sterile roller bandages, tube petroleum jelly, safety pins, soap, moistened towelettes, sunscreen, latex gloves, thermometer, scissors, needles, tweezers, antiseptic, tongue depressor. Pet food (shelters do not allow pets)
Non-prescription drugs: Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever, Anti-diarrhea medication, Laxative, Antacid. Extra eye glasses, contact lenses/supplies, denture needs, hearing aids and batteries
Baby Supplies: Formula, diapers & baby food. Food for elderly person or special diets
Extra Car Keys Electronic charging cables
Batteries: For your radio, flashlights and backup Out-of-town contact list
Cash in small denominations. Credit and Debit Cards
ABC Fire Extinguisher: Contact the Fire Dept. for training Recent family photos for identification purposes-make sure faces can be seen
Tent, compass, whistle, plastic sheeting, duct tape, matches in a waterproof container, signal flare, medicine dropper, sewing kit, and aluminum foil. Paper, pencils, books and games
Rope, pliers, and Took Kit: (include a gas shut-off wrench) Dust masks
Sanitation: toilet paper, towelettes, soap, liquid detergent, feminine supplies, plastic garbage bags/ties, plastic bucket with tight lid, disinfectant, household chlorine bleach. Important family documents; will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks/bonds, passports, social security cards, immunization records (keep records in a waterproof/portable container)

Prepare an Auto Kit

Keep a supply kit in your car that includes:

  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Extra mittens/gloves, warm socks, caps, and rain gear
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Booster cables, flares and triangle reflectors
  • Small tools-pliers, wrench, screwdriver
  • Shovel, rock salt, sand or kitty litter for traction
  • Tire repair kit
  • First-aid it and necessary medications
  • Electronics charging cables
  • Maps
  • Nonperishable Foods/Bottled Water

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Make a Family Emergency Plan

Family emergency planning can be the key to surviving an emergency. It is important to talk to your family to prepare them for various emergencies. Ensure the whole family is a part of the planning process so that the plan addresses everyone’s needs.

Recognize that in extreme situations, emergency resources may be limited. Be prepared to care for yourself and your family for at least three days (72 hours).

  • Contact your local emergency management agency.   Ask what kind of emergencies to prepare for in your area.
  • Ask local authorities about your community’s evacuation plan.
  • Choose a safe room in your home in case you are told not to evacuate.
  • Designate 2 locations to meet in case it is impossible to return home or if you have to evacuate. Make sure family members know the address and phone number of  both locations.
    • One near your home
    • One outside the neighborhood
  • Teach your children their address and phone number.
  • Put a list of emergency numbers by the phone.  Only use the phone if someone needs immediate help.  (Local authorities need access to the phone lines in an emergency situation).
  • Designate an out-of-area contact person. This person should be far enough away they would not be affected by the same event. Family members should call this person to report their locations. Provide contact person with important names/numbers so they can assist in keeping others posted.
  • Plan for health needs (prescriptions, medical supplies).  If family members have disabilities, make a list of any special help needs.
  • Plan for your pets (shelters do not accept pets).  Plan for livestock, if any.
  • Learn about emergency levels:  Advisory, Watch, Warning
  • Learn types of emergency signals on radio and TV.
  • Learn First Aid and CPR.  Contact your local Red Cross.
  • Ask your work, school, church or day care about their emergency procedures.
  • Locate your main water, electric and gas switches and valves, make sure everyone knows how to operate them.
  • Make copies of all important documents and keep them off-site in a secure location.
  • Meet with family members and talk about your emergency plan. Have practice drills.

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Prepare your Home for an Emergency

  • Have your home inspected for fire and building codes.
  • Repair poor wiring and large cracks in plaster.
  • Buy disaster insurance to cover home and property.  Ask your insurance company or local emergency authorities about the National Flood Insurance Program.
  • Keep important papers and photos of personal property in a safety deposit box.
  • Put easy-to-reach ABC fire extinguishers on every floor.  Ask your Fire Department to train you.  Check periodically.
  • Install smoke detectors outside each sleeping area, not in kitchens or bathrooms.  Check and dust once a month.  Change batteries yearly (a good time is when you adjust your clocks each fall).
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector.  Maintain according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Buy flashlights, emergency lighting.  Avoid candles (fire hazard).
  • Make your address visible from the street so fire trucks can find you.
  • Secure your water heater.
  • Locate your home main water, electrical, and gas shut-offs.  Learn how and when to shut them off.  Mark with brightly colored stickers or tape.

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