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Make a Kit - Have a Plan - Stay Informed
It is always important to prepare yourself and your family for a disaster by making a plan, building a kit and staying informed. Some very basic planning can make a big difference.
Short video on making a kit.
Make a Plan- Prepare yourself and your family for a disaster by making an emergency plan. Your emergency planning should address the care of pets, aiding family members with access and functional needs and safely shutting off utilities.
Build a Kit- A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
- Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar
- Sign up for the Everbridge emergency alert system. Keep your home, cell, email and street address updated.
- Know Your Zone by going to the Zonehaven AWARE Map and typing in your address.
- Keep a NOAA Weather Radio tuned to your local emergency station and monitor TV and radio. Follow mobile alerts and warnings about severe weather in your area.
Planning for Animals
The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same for any emergency. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically what's best for your animals.