Emergencies and disasters can happen anywhere and at any time. You may be left without electricity, water, and natural gas for extended periods of time. Roads may be closed and you may not be able to obtain the most basic supplies such as water, food, candles, flashlights, and batteries. If a serious incident occurs, emergency workers will be working on the most seriously affected by the emergency situation. For the rest of us, it is our responsibility to make plans ahead of time take care ourselves in the event of a disaster.
|Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours (three days) in the event of an emergency or disaster. This gives emergency workers the time to care for the most severely affected and to return utilities and services to affected areas.|
Your Emergency Kit
Use the lists below to put together emergency kits for your home and car. Your kit could be stored in the basement in plastic bins or old suitcases. The lists are recommended guidelines. You may need to add more items depending on the specific needs of your family. Remember that you are putting together a kit to help you get through the first 72 hours of an emergency.
Be sure to have at least one analog telephone in your home. Analog phones do not require an electrical outlet and will continue to operate during power failures.
Home Emergency Kit
Do not use stoves, barbeques, or fuel powered heaters indoors! The carbon monoxide that they emit can be lethal!
Include any other supplies your family would require to be sustained for a minimum of 72 hours.
Car Emergency Kit
You may be on the road when an emergency occurs. Make an emergency preparedness kit for your car.
As with the home emergency kit, include any special items you and your family would require in an emergency.