Any emergency is easier to handle when you have prepared ahead of time. Put together an emergency kit with important items to keep at home, and a go bag with items you will need to take with you if you evacuate. Think about what you and your family would need in a disaster. You can make kits for your home, car or workplace. Emergencies can happen anywhere.
Think about these items for your go bag:
Battery powered radio and extra batteries
Flashlight with extra batteries
Emergency information, including insurance policies
A list of medications and correct dosage, and doctorís names
Personal items such as toothbrushes, soap, extra glasses, etc.
First aid kit
Change of clothing
Water (1 gallon per person, per day)
Books, cards or magazines to pass the time
Consider these additional items for infants and children:
Baby formula and food
Blanket or toy
Consider these additional items for medical conditions:
Empty pill bottle(s) or a list of current medications
Your doctorís phone number
Pet food & water
Collar with ID tags
Pet carriers and leashes
Medical records from vet
Photos of your pet
*Make sure you update your go bag when your medications change.
When severe weather is predicted, make sure your car has a full tank of gas. You donít want to wait in line for gas if you are told to evacuate. Some storms may also knock out electricity, causing gas stations to close.
Many things that we take for granted are not available when there is no power. ATM machines may not work. Grocery stores and other businesses may not be able to accept your credit or debit card. Cash could be the only acceptable means to make a purchase. Some experts say you should have at minimum $150.00 in cash stashed away. Realizing this may not be possible for everyone, any amount is good to start with. Take $1.00 dollar a week and place it in an envelope in your emergency kit. In just a little time, you will have some cash stashed away for use in emergencies.