Is Your Emergency Preparedness Up To Date?

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In the blink of an eye, your life can change.  National Preparedness Month starts Sept 1st! If you haven’t already updated your emergency kit, here is a quick rundown of the essentials you might need.

 

Emergency Survival Kit Basics:

  • Water (3 gallons per person, per day)
  • Minimum 3-day food supply (non-perishable items)
  • Flashlight (battery-powered or hand-crank)
  • Radio (battery-powered or hand-crank)
  • Extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medications
  • Multi-purpose tool (ex: swiss army knife)
  • Sanitation and Personal Hygiene products
  • Copies of personal documents (ex: birth certificate or insurance policies (make sure to keep these items in a waterproof container)
  • Cellphone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency Blanket

 

At minimum prepare a 3-day supply for evacuations and a 2-week supply if you stay home during a disaster. Consider the needs of all family members and those with special needs like grandparents, babies, and pets.

 

Do you have a plan?

Now that you have your kit in hand, you’ll need a plan that will help keep you and your family grounded.

Steps to making a foolproof plan for disasters:

  1. Discuss these four questions with your family or household
  • How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  • What are the closest shelters and what is my preferred shelter?
  • What are my evacuation routes?
  • What is my family/household communication plan?
  1. Identify the responsibilities of each member of your household and how you will work together as a team.
  2. Write down your emergency plan and make sure each family member has a copy.
  3. Practice makes perfect! Practice each step of your plan, especially with younger members of your household.

 

Be informed

The most crucial part of preparing for a disaster is being informed. Learn about the types of disasters or emergencies likely to happen in your area and how to get alerts. Identify how local, state, and national authorities will notify you. Lastly, understand the difference between different weather alerts.

 

To learn more about how you can prepare for an emergency visit www.ready.gov

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