Emergency Preparedness

Prepare A Disaster Supply Kit
Water
  • Pack at least 1 gallon per person per day for at least 3 days
  • Store water in tightly sealed, nonbreakable plastic, fiberglass or enamel-lined metal containers.
  • Change your water every 6 months.
Food
  • Pack enough food to last each family member at least 3 days
  • Include canned and boxed foods because they require little preparation and stay good for long periods of time. Remember to bring a manual can opener or to buy food in self-opening cans.
  • Pack foods in sealed metal or plastic containers.
  • Replace foods every 6 months
  • Include foods for infants and family members with special diets.
Tools & Equipment
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlights
  • Spare batteries
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Washcloths and towels
  • Paper cups and plates and plastic utensils
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant and other toiletries
  • Heavy-duty plastic garbage bags
  • Change of clothing and an extra pair of shoes and socks for each person
  • Blankets or a sleeping bag for each person
Personal Items
  • Personal Identification
  • Copies of birth and marriage certificates, inventory of household goods, bank account numbers and other important documents
  • Maps
  • Extra car and house keys
  • Prescription Medications
Create a General Emergency Plan
Having a plan is one of the most important steps you can take in emergency preparedness. Knowing what to do and how to do it can help your family manage disasters with less worry and fear.
  • Decide what you and your family would do in each potential emergency situation.
  • Draw a floor plan of your home showing escape routes.
  • Choose a place away from your neighborhood where family members can meet in case you are separated and cannot return home due to a disaster.
  • Identify a friend or relative who lives out of the area for family members to contact if you are separated.
  • Post emergency numbers by every phone and teach children how and when to dial 911.
  • Know how to shut off the water, gas and electricity at the main switches in your home.
  • Plan how to help elderly or disabled neighbors in a disaster.
  • Check that your insurance policies are up to date and provide good coverage.