Choose an emergency contact - A friend or family member out of town may be easier to reach in an emergency. Family members will contact this person in an emergency to let them know they are safe.
Make sure everyone knows how to contact the emergency contact
Know emergency contact numbers - Post them near your home phone & save them in your cell phones
Choose multiple meeting places - choose a place that is on high ground but easily accessible for all family members
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At Home Emergency Kit
In an emergency, you may not have access to food, water, or electricity for several days. Prepare an emergency kit last will last you at least 3 days. Remember to make the kit make sense for your family!
Food - choose foods that are easy to make and will not spoil (Don’t forget the fur family members!)
Water - 1 gallon per person per day
Manual can opener
Matches/Lighter - store in a sealed plastic container
Flashlight & Batteries
Special Need Items - Medical needs, baby needs, pet needs
If you have to evacuate in a hurry, a grab & go bag will be very helpful. Fill with necessary items such as:
Food & Water
Personal Care Items
Flashlight, Radio, & Batteries
Cell Phone charger
Copies of Important Documents (store in a double zipped freezer bag for protection)
Extra Cash, map of the area, & extra keys of house & car
Unique family needs - baby needs, pet needs
Each family is unique. Pack things that make sense for your family. If you have children, get them involved! They can add one of their favorite games to the kit to keep the family occupied during stressful situations.
For Your Car
An emergency can happen anywhere at anytime. Keep a small emergency kit in your car in case of emergency during your commute.
Make sure to have extra gas, a blanket, window breaking hammer, etc.
Check your tire treads and windshield wipers and consider replacement if needed.
Keep tuned to local radio, TV stations and weather websites
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