Create an Emergency Plan NOW – before you need it

Posted on March 23, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Disasters can strike suddenly – at anytime and anywhere. It’s recommended to plan ahead…..
1. Get a kit together, 2. Make a plan, 3. Be informed

1. GET A KIT TOGETHER
At a minimum, have the basic supplies listed here:

Water – One gallon per person, per day,
Food – non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items at least 3 day supply, Flashlight, Battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries,
First aid kit, 7 day supply of medications and medical items, multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items, copies of personal documents (medications, proof of address, passports,
birth certificates, insurance policies), cell phone with chargers, family and emergency contact information, extra cash, emergency blanket, map of the area.

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to put together a kit:
Medical supplies – hearing aids require extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, canes,
Baby supplies including bottles, formula, diapers,
Pet supplies including collar, leash, food, carrier, bowl, ID,
Games and activities for kids
Two-way radios
Extra set of car and house keys
Manual can opener

Other items to consider include: whistle, surgical masks, matches, rain gear, towels, gloves, extra clothing, hat and shoes, plastic sheeting, duct tape, scissors, bleach, blankets/sleeping bags

2. MAKE A PLAN
-Meet with your family or household members

-Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play
-Identify responsibilities for each member of your household
-Plan what to do in case you are separated during an emergency:
-Choose two places to meet (right outside your home in case of sudden emergency; such as fire or outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate)
-Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person. It may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service. Everyone should have emergency contact information in writing or programmed into their cellular phones
-Plan what to do if you have to evacuate:
-Decide where you would go and what route you would take to get there (hotel/motel, stay with friends or relatives, evacuation shelter)
-Practice evacuating your home twice a year. Drive the planned evacuation route and plot alternate routes

3. BE INFORMED
Learn what disasters or emergencies may occur in your area

****Source: American Red Cross

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