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National Preparedness Month 2013

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September 17, 2013 · 766 Views

 

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September is officially national preparedness month, which makes it a great time to prepare your family for an emergency. If you’ve already created an emergency plan and built an emergency kit, now is a good time to update the plan and make sure all of your supplies are still in good working order.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a great resource for preparing your family, which can be found here. We’ve reprinted their suggestions for the items you should have in your emergency kit below:

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Emergency Kit

The CDC recommends that your emergency kit contain the following items:

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day. Ideally you would have enough for 2 weeks in the home and containers to allow you to carry a 3 day supply if evacuation is needed. (Don’t forget to plan for your pets as well.)
  • Food—non­perishable, easy­ to ­prepare items. Ideally you would have enough for 2 weeks in the home and containers to allow you to carry a 3 day supply if evacuation is needed. (Don’t forget to plan for your pets as well.)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery ­powered or hand­ crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7­day supply) and medical items
  • Multi­purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Two­ way radios
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener

Depending on the types of disasters common to your area the CDC also recommends you keep the following on hand:

  • Whistle
  • N95 or surgical masks
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Household liquid bleach
  • Entertainment items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Additional Supplies for Sheltering-in-Place
  • In the unlikely event that chemical or radiological hazards cause officials to advise people in a specific area to “shelter-in-place” in a sealed room, households should have in the room they have selected for this purpose:
  • A roll of duct tape and scissors
  • Plastic sheeting pre-cut to fit shelter-in-place room openings

A few minutes of preparation today can avoid hours or days of frustration for your family in the future.

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