September is National Preparedness Month, making it a great time to assess your emergency plan.
Emergency and disaster tend to strike when we least expect them, so it’s best to be prepared.
Work together with your family or roommates to create a plan that you’ll stick to.
- Water – one gallon per person, per day.
- Food – easy-to-make and won’t spoil. Don’t forget to pack a manual can opener.
- Flashlights, extra batteries, cell phones with chargers and a battery powered radio.
- First aid kit, a seven-day medicine supply including prescription drugs, emergency blanket and toiletries.
- Copies of important documents such as insurance cards and immunization records and emergency contact information.
- Multipurpose tool, extra cash, map(s) of the area and extra sets of keys.
- Remember to include supplies for babies, pets, older individuals and those with special needs.
- Make plans with family and friends in case you’re not together during an emergency.
- Develop a family master plan – discuss how you’ll contact each other, where you’ll meet and how you’ll stay safe in different situations.
- Before and during a disaster, check all types of media for information.
- Your local emergency management office will have information on shelters and evacuation orders.
- Take first aid, CPR and emergency response training classes.
- Participate in community exercises and contact your local Medical Reserve Corps.