Prepare Your Family

To protect your family during a public health emergency, it is wise to have an Emergency Supply Kit prepared and in a safe place. Ideally, you need two kits, each stored in a water tight container. Keep one in your basement and the other in the trunk of your car. Your kits should include:

  • A battery-powered radio and flashlight
  • First aid kit, including mild pain relievers and antiseptic
  • Bottled drinking water – a three day supply
  • Additional beverages including fruit and vegetable juice, soda, sports drinks
  • Canned food and a can opener
  • Other non-perishable foods that require no refrigeration
  • Salt and baking soda
  • Sleeping bag, pillow, and blanket for each family member
  • Paper and pencil to write information
  • Small tool set
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Soap and towels
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Bleach
  • Extra set of car keys, credit card, cash on hand
  • Change of clothing and shoes per person
  • Medicine prescribed for family members


Additional supplies to have on hand include:

  • Paper plates and cups
  • Silverware
  • Matches
  • Tape
  • Needle and thread
  • Hand lotion
  • Extra eye glasses
  • Pre-moistened sheets
  • Cotton balls
  • Toiletry items
  • A cooler and freezer packs

Be Alert

Since the terrorist attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001, emergency preparedness has taken on a new meaning. Consider the following safety tip suggestions:

Know Your Surroundings

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings. The very nature of terrorism suggest there may be little or no warning.
  • Be careful when traveling. Be aware of unusual behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do not leave luggage unattended.
  • Learn where emergency exits are located. Think ahead about how to evacuate a building, subway, or congested public area in a hurry. Learn where staircases are located.
  • Notice your immediate surroundings. Be aware of heavy or breakable objects that could move, fall, or break in an explosion.

Suspicious Mail

Characteristics of suspicious letters and packages:

  • Inappropriate or unusual labeling
  • Excessive postage
  • Handwritten or poorly typed address
  • Misspellings of common words
  • Strange version or no return address
  • Not addressed to a specific person
  • Marked with threatening language
  • Postmark different from return address