Emergencies: Be Prepared
Is your family prepared? We all must take responsibility to be prepared for emergencies that can impact our families. Preparing a kit is a simple and easy first step toward making your family prepared for emergencies.
You need to have enough food, water, and other essential supplies to last for three days. The following are recommended items to include in a basic emergency kit:
- Water - One gallon per day per person for drinking and sanitation
- Food - A minimum supply of three days of non-perishable food
- Battery powered or hand-cranked radio with weather radio channels
- Can Opener
- Flashlight with batteries
- Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
- First aid kit
- Dust masks for each person
- Duct tape and plastic sheeting to seal windows and doors
- Garbage bags for sanitation
- Personal hygiene items
- Tools to turn off utilities
- Local Maps
- Additional items to consider are medications, pet supplies if you have a pet, important family documents, special items for anyone with special needs, sleeping bags, blankets, a complete change of clothing, mess kits, paper and pencil, and books or other activities for children.
Be knowledgeable about the emergency plans that are in place at your place of work and at the schools your children attend. Talk to your family about your family emergency plan and the school and work emergency plans that affect you and your family. This preparedness and knowledge will reduce the impact that emergencies have on your family.
A great resource to help develop your family emergency kit and plan is available at www.ready.gov. This website has many helpful hints to consider and tools to use when developing your family emergency kit and plan.