An Emergency Preparedness Plan is an important aspect of any household. The Plan can include emergency supplies, meeting locations, and additional essentials to assist the special needs of household members.
- In an emergency, certain types of communication may be unavailable. Provide each member of your household with a contact information card listing alternative ways you and your family members can contact each other. This should include an out-of-town contact. This card should be carried in a wallet or purse at all times.
- Keep important family information and documents (such as copies of insurance, identification, and medical records) in a secure location, or on a protected flash drive. Also consider keeping a list of valuables and personal possessions.
- Establish several possible escape routes from your home.
- Be sure everyone in the household understands how to shut off utilities (natural gas, water, electricity) safely.
- Learn CPR and how to use a fire extinguisher.
- Make a Family Emergency Plan
You should also keep a kit of emergency supplies, with at least 3 days of:
- Water (one gallon per day per person)
- Non-perishable food
- Battery or hand crank powered radio
- Prescription medicines
- First aid kit
- Personal hygiene supplies (toothpaste, soap, contact lens solution)
- Also consider keeping an emergency supply kit at your work, and in your vehicle.
- Build an Emergency Supply Kit
To help you get ready for an emergency, view a Disaster Preparedness presentation created by Emergency Management.
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