Are you prepared? Emergency preparedness is a topic that everyone should be informed about. This is not a topic only for people who live in areas that have emergency-bagfrequent earthquakes, hurricanes, and/or tornados. Every person and every home should be prepared for an emergency. The Safety Education Alliance of America recommends the following ideas of how to plan for an emergency:

  • Discuss with your family the various types of disasters that can occur where you live.
  • Develop an emergency home evacuation plan and practice the plan with your family at least twice per year.
  • Utility valves, such as electricity, water and gas, may need to be shut off during an emergency.
  • A list of contact information should be prepared for your household. Include names and phone numbers of local relatives, as well as out-of-town contacts.
  • Have a map of your neighborhood available to help guide you to emergency shelters and other emergency sites.
  • A carbon monoxide detector should be on each floor near sleeping areas.
  • In the event of an emergency, be a good neighbor and check in on anyone with special needs, including elderly neighbors, people with disabilities, and children who are home alone.
  • Prepare a disaster supply kit today. What you have in your kit can make a big difference – even save a life. Plan enough supplies for each person in your household for a minimum of three days.

Emergency supply items, as recommended by the Safety Education Alliance of America and the American Red Cross include:

  • Water, Food
  • First Aid Kit, Medications
  • Flashlight, Whistle
  • Battery-operated Radio
  • Tools, Compass, Map
  • Clothing, including sturdy shoes, jacket, raincoat, and gloves
  • Important Information, such as copies of ID cards, birth certificates, insurance policies, and passports
  • Cash and Personal Items, such as eyeglasses, books, toys and games for the kids
  • Sanitary Supplies and Pet Supplies
  • Contact Information (list of family names/numbers)
  • Be sure to include any other necessary items for seniors and disabled individuals.

As you gather your supplies and important information, place them in a sturdy, easy to carry container or backpack. To learn more about preparing for disasters and emergencies, visit the American Red Cross

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