Preparing for a Disaster

In the midst of rushing through everyday life, it's important to take a minute or two to prepare for
emergencies. Being prepared helps you and your family minimize the impact of a disaster such as a
hurricane or an emergency such as a broken leg.

The best way to make your family and your home safer is to be prepared before disaster strikes.

Make a Plan

Make a family communications plan that includes an evacuation plan and coordinates with your
school, work and community communication plans. Practice this plan with your entire family.

Build a disaster supplies kit that includes enough supplies for each family member for three days.
Remember to check your kit every six months.
Kit Supplies
Water-store one gallon per person per day with a three day min. on hand.  Store in plastic containers

Food-Store at least a three day supply of non-perishable foods that require no or little preparations

First Aid kit-You can either purchase these or assemble them at home.  Don’t forget band-aids,  sterile dressings,
gauze bandages, hand sanitizers, antiseptic wipes, gloves,  adhesive tape, antibacterial ointment, cold packs,
scissors, tweezers, and CPR breathing barriers.

Medication-Include aspirin/Tylenol, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids, syrup of ipecac, laxatives, activated charcoal
as well as any prescription medications.

Flashlights-Include extra batteries.

Battery-operated Radio-Include extra batteries.

Tools-Such as a wrench, manual can opener, screwdriver, hammer, pliers, knife, duct tape, plastic sheeting, and
garbage bags w/ties.

Clothing-provide a change of clothes for everyone, including sturdy shoes and gloves.

Personal items-including eyeglasses or contact lenses and solution, copies of important papers, and comfort
items, such as toys or books.

Sanitary items-You’ll want toilet paper, towelettes, feminine items, personal hygiene items, bleach.

Money-Have cash on hand. ATM’s and credit cards won’t work without power.

Pet supplies-Include food and water, leash, tags, any medication, and vaccination papers.

Map-Consider marking an evacuation route on it from your local area.