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How to Prepare for Emergencies

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1. Get a Kit of emergency supplies.

Are_you_ready_8Include in your kit the following:

  • a gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • a three-day supply of non-perishable food, such as protein bars, dried fruit or canned items
  • battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • first aid kit
  • whistle to signal for help
  • filter mask or cotton t-shirt to help filter the air
  • moist towelettes for sanitation
  • wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • manual can opener for canned food
  • plastic sheeting and duct tape to create a barrier against contaminants in the air
  • garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • any special family needs, such as daily prescription medications.

2. Make a Plan for what you will do in an emergency.

Develop a family communications plan on how to contact one another should family members not be together when disaster strikes. Create a plan to get away. Plan in advance how you will assemble your family and where you will go. Choose several destinations in different directions so you have options in an emergency.

3. Be Informed about what might happen.

Prepare yourself to react in an emergency. Go to to learn more about potential threats and other emergencies or call 1-800-BE-READY for a free brochure.

4. Get Involved in preparing your community.