Pack an emergency supply kit for both natural disasters and man made disasters.
Be sure to include:
At Least a 3-day Supply of Food and Water
- Water – one gallon per person, per day
- Food – foods that are easy to make and won’t spoil, like canned soup, dry pasta, and powdered milk
- Manual can opener
- Basic utensils to prepare and serve meals
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- 3-day supply of all medicines, at a minimum
- Medical supplies like syringes, a walking cane, or hearing aids with extra batteries
Personal Care Items
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Baby wipes
- Contact lenses or glasses
- First aid kit
- Emergency blanket
- Multipurpose tool (that can act as a knife, file, pliers, and screwdriver)
- Radio (battery-powered, solar, or hand-crank) for updates on the situation
- Cell phone with chargers
- Extra batteries
- Copies of important documents such as insurance cards and immunization records
- Paperwork about any serious or on-going medical condition
- Your completed family emergency plan, complete with family and emergency contact information.
You should also include:
- Extra cash
- Maps of the area
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
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Take Care of Others
Every family is unique. You may have emergency needs not included in this list. Also, remember to update your kit according to changing needs of your family.
- Baby supplies like bottles, formula, baby food, and diapers
- Games and activities for children
- Food and Water
- A 3-day supply of food and water for each pet. A cat or a dog will generally need 1 gallon for three days.
- Bowls or bottles
- Manual can opener
- Cleaning Supplies
- Depending on the pet, you may need a litter box, paper towels, plastic trash bags, grooming items, and household bleach
- Health and Safety
- Medicines and medical records stored in a waterproof container
- First aid kit with a pet first aid book
- Transport supplies
- A sturdy leash, harness, and carrier to transport pets safely. A carrier should be large enough for the animal to stand comfortably, turn around, and lie down. Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for several hours.
- Comfort Items
- Pet toys and the pet’s bed, if you can easily bring it, to reduce stress
- Current photos and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them, and to prove that they are your pets, in case you become separated from them
- Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and telephone number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets or place them in foster care
- Keep it fresh. It’s extremely important that all items in your kit are functional at the time of an emergency.
- Check the expiration dates on food, water, medicine, and batteries at least two times per year.
- Replace any food or supplies that may have expired.
- Be sure it’s ready to use. In a disaster situation, you may need to get your emergency supply kit quickly, whether you are sheltering at home or evacuating.
- Once you have gathered your supplies, pack the items in easy-to-carry containers.
- Clearly label the containers and store them where you can reach them easily.
- Remember that certain items, like medications and paper documents, need to be kept in waterproof containers.
- Involve children. Families can make emergencies less stressful by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Ready Wrigley can help!
- Ask your kids to think of items that they would like to include in an emergency supply kit, such as books, games, and pre-packaged foods.
- Your kids can mark the dates on a calendar for checking emergency supplies. Tell them to remind you when it’s time to check the supplies.
- Include kids in planning and creating disaster kits for family pets.
- Know your house. Find out where your gas, electric, and water shut-off locations are, and how to turn them off.
- Prepare for everywhere. Emergencies can happen anywhere. Remember to prepare supplies for home, work, and vehicles.
- DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
- Protect yourself by staying under the lintel of an inner door, in the corner of a room, under a table or even under a bed.
- Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
- Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
- Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and if you know it is a strongly supported, load bearing doorway.
- Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
- Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.
- DO NOT use the elevators.
- Stay there.
- Move away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and utility wires.
- Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops. The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at exits, and alongside exterior walls. Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.
If in a moving vehicle
- Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.
- Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake.
There are many ways that authorities share emergency warn
- Check with your local emergency management agency. Find out what kinds of emergencies could happen in your area.
- Find out how to get local emergency alerts.Check with your local health department or emergency management agency to see how they share emergency information and find out the best ways to get disaster information from local authorities. Some communities use:
- Emergency texts
- Phone calling systems
- Digital road signs
- Social media
- Sirens and speakers
- Learn about your community’s warning signals. Be able to recognize what the warning signals sound and look like and what you should do when you hear or see them.
- Tune in. Listen to and watch reliable news sources. Keep a weather radio handy.
Watches and Warnings
In addition to understanding how you will be informed of potential threats, you need to understand the terms that are used for weather threats.
- A watch means that there is a high possibility that a weather emergency will occur. When a severe storm watch is issued for your area, continue to listen to the radio or television for updates and pay attention to visible weather changes around you.
- A warning means that a weather emergency is already happening, or will happen soon. When you hear a warning, take immediate action