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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Stay Prepared for Emergencies

Emergency kit items.

Being prepared ahead of time for disasters and emergencies is very important. Creating a "go kit" and establishing a disaster plan with family are essential pieces to preparedness. These components allow everyone to better respond when an event takes place.

Create a Family Disaster Plan

  • Meet with family members, and discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to occur.
  • Explain what to do in each case.
  • Designate two places to meet.    
  • Develop an emergency communication plan.      
  • Ask an out-of-town relative or friend to be a “family contact.”
  • Discuss what to do if authorities request evacuation.
  • Be familiar with escape routes.
  • Plan how to take care of pets.

Disaster Kit

The kit should include enough supplies to last for at least three days. Store supplies in a sturdy, easy-to-carry, water-resistant container. Keep a smaller kit in the car trunk. The disaster supply kit should include:

  1. A three-day supply of water (one gallon per person, per day) and food that will not spoil.
  2. One change of clothing and footwear per person.
  3. One blanket or sleeping bag per person.
  4. A first aid kit with prescription medications.
  5. Emergency tools including a battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
  6. An extra set of car keys and cash.
  7. Special items for an infant, elderly or disabled family member.
  8. An extra pair of glasses.
  9. Those who take medicine will need enough to last at least a week. Keep a copy of prescriptions and dosage information. If a weeklong supply is not possible, keep as much on hand as possible, and talk to a doctor about what else should be done to prepare.
  10. Auto emergency kits should contain blankets and warm clothing, booster cables and tools, bottled water, canned fruits and nuts, first aid kit, flashlight and batteries, traction mats or chains, a shovel and emergency prescription medication.

Learn More

For more information, emergency management presentations and disaster preparedness public education materials are available at Additional resources may be found at and

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