Preparing Your Home

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An Emergency Preparedness Plan is an important aspect of any household. The Plan can include emergency supplies, meeting locations, and additional essentials to assist the special needs of household members.

Plan Together

  • In an emergency, certain types of communication may be unavailable. Provide each member of your household with a contact information card listing alternative ways you and your family members can contact each other. This should include an out-of-town contact. This card should be carried in a wallet or purse at all times.
  • Keep important family information and documents (such as copies of insurance, identification, and medical records) in a secure location, or on a protected flash drive. Also consider keeping a list of valuables and personal possessions.
  • Establish several possible escape routes from your home.
  • Be sure everyone in the household understands how to shut off utilities (natural gas, water, electricity) safely.
  • Learn CPR and how to use a fire extinguisher.
  • Make a Family Emergency Plan

You should also keep a kit of emergency supplies, with at least 3 days of:

  • Water (one gallon per day per person)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Battery or hand crank powered radio
  • Prescription medicines
  • First aid kit
  • Personal hygiene supplies (toothpaste, soap, contact lens solution)
  • Also consider keeping an emergency supply kit at your work, and in your vehicle.
  • Build an Emergency Supply Kit

To help you get ready for an emergency, view a Disaster Preparedness presentation created by Emergency Management.

For more information, visit www.ready.gov.

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