Disaster Preparedness

  1. Before a Disaster
  2. During a Disaster
  3. After a Disaster

Emergency Kit

Prepare to be self-sufficient for at least three days by putting together an emergency kit, including: 

  • Anti-Bacterial Hand Wipes or Gel
  • Batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Medicines
  • Money
  • Non-Perishable Food
  • Portable Battery-Operated Radio or Television
  • Sanitation Supplies
  • Seasonal Clothing
  • Water

Preparation Tips

  • Conduct practice drills so you and your family know the safe locations in your home for each type of emergency.  Decide how and where your family will reunite if separated.
  • Choose an out-of-state friend or relative that separated family members can call to report their whereabouts and conditions.
  • Learn first aid and CPR from your local Red Cross chapter or other community organizations.
  • Learn how to shut off gas, water and electricity in case the lines are damaged.
  • Make sure insurance coverage is up-to-date and reflects present property values. Check on flood insurance.
  • Compile an inventory of home contents. Take pictures and/or video. Store in a safe place.
  • Check chimneys, roofs, walls and foundations for stability. Make sure your house is bolted to its foundation.
  • Secure your water heater and major appliances, as well as tall, heavy furniture, hanging plants, picture frames and mirrors (especially those over beds). 
  • Make arrangements for pets.
  • Organize your neighborhood to be self-sufficient after a disaster.