Prepare Now! Emergency Readiness
PREPARE AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT
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.
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
- Nonperishable Foods/Bottled Water
Make an Emergency Plan
- 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.
- 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).
- Teach your children their address and phone number.
- 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.
- Agree on a meeting place and a check-in contact in case you become separated.
- Ask your day care and school about their emergency procedures.
- Meet with family members and talk about your emergency plan. Have practice drills.
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.