Family Emergency Preparedness Kit
Develop a Peparedness Plan
Make an emergency kit to last three days that includes:
- Water – at least one gallon per person per day, stored in plastic bottles.
- Food – Nonperishable, ready-to-eat goods that won’t make you thirsty.
- Specialty food for babies, people with special needs and pets.
- Manual can opener.
- Battery operated radio and flashlight, and extra bulbs and batteries.
- First aid kit.
- Up-to-date medications needed by each family member (and a list of them).
- Money – small bills and change.
- At least one complete change of clothes and shoes for each person.
- Sleeping bags or blankets.
- Personal hygiene supplies – soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, feminine products.
- Utility knife, small tools, tape and rope.
- Paper and pencil or pen.
- Maps and compass.
- Copies of important documents – social security cards, birth certificates, insurance papers, deeds, records of valuables & pet shot records.
- Recent family and pet photos.
- Toys and games for children.
- Prepaid phone cards and list of important numbers.
- Vinyl or latex gloves.
Learn about hazards
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home and test them regularly, Replace batteries every year.
- Learn what to do for other types of hazards, such as floods, fires, severe winter weather, disease epidemics and terrorism. Learn how and when to shelter-in-place.
Learn evacuation routes
- Create two evacuation routes for each room in your home in case of fire.
- Ask local authorities about any emergency evacuation routes in your area.
Establish two family meeting spots
- Decide on place to meet after a home fire and another in the event you cannot get back to your neighborhood.
Important phone numbers
- Pick an emergency contact; an out-of-town relative or friend. Teach all family members to contact that person if they cannot reach each other. Give this information to your child’s school.
Know how and when to shut off utilities
- Ask water, power and gas companies how to safely turn off utilities. Teach your family and never turn gas back on yourself.
- Make sure pets wear ID tags. Keep recent photos and immunization records of pets. Plan for pet care in case you have to leave home without your pets.
Review and practice your plans
- Update information as needed. Hold drills regularly.