Preparing for an Emergency

When disaster strikes, you may not necessarily be with your family. Therefore it’s important to make a plan in advance in order to communicate and congregate.


Family Preparedness

In addition to a disaster plan, we recommend your family also prepare an emergency kit or GO-BAG.

A GO-BAG is something you pack today in hopes that you never have to use. Having certain items in a single place will help you to mobilize in case you must evacuate quickly. While this list is a good start, it may not be all-inclusive.

You may also wish to keep some items in your vehicle. You should prepare one bag for each person in your family.

Items for Your GO-BAG

  • Flashlight
  • Radio - battery operated or hand crank
  • Batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, and a warm hat
  • Local map
  • Water - one gallon per person per day for at least three days (for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food - at least a three day supply of non-perishable food
  • Permanent marker, paper, and tape
  • Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
  • List of emergency point-of-contact phone numbers
  • List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food
  • Copy of health insurance and identification cards
  • Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items
  • Prescription medications and first aid supplies
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Extra keys to your hosue and vehicle
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastick ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Cash and change

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