Being prepared for Emergencies


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Since many of us are in areas where tornados and other hazardous conditions arise, I wanted to share with you some information from the CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response site. It’s so easy to forget to stay prepared for natural emergencies that may arise and even harder when the family relocates to an area where we may not be aware of the dangers. In some areas it’s tornados, in others it’s hurricanes and in others it’s earthquakes. Whatever the danger, we need to try our best to be prepared enough to help our family survive a catastrophe.

Emergency supply kit

Assemble the following items to create kits to use at your home, office, school and/or in a vehicle:
•Water—one gallon per person, per day
•Food—nonperishable, easy-to-prepare items
•Flashlight
•Battery powered or hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
•Extra batteries
•First aid kit
•Medications (7-day supply), other medical supplies, and medical paperwork (e.g., medication list and pertinent medical information)
•Multipurpose tool (e.g., Swiss army knife)
•Sanitation and personal hygiene items
•Copies of personal documents (e.g., proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, and insurance policies)
•Cell phone with chargers
•Family and emergency contact information
•Extra cash
•Emergency blanket
•Map(s) of the area
•Extra set of car keys and house keys
•Manual can opener

Special Needs

You may need some additional supplies to meet the needs of all family members, such as children, pets, and those with special medical requirements. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:
•Medical supplies (e.g., hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, or a cane)(CJR note: Don’t forget diabetic supplies)
•Baby supplies (e.g., bottles, formula, baby food, and diapers)
•Games and activities for children
•Pet supplies (see expanded list below)

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, pack the items in easy-to-carry containers, clearly label the containers, and store them where they are easily accessible. In a disaster situation, you may need access to your emergency supply kit quickly – whether you are sheltering at home or evacuating. Make sure to check expiration dates on food, water, and batteries throughout the year.

Disaster Supply Checklist for Pets
A young boy and girl with their arms wrapped around a dogs neck •Food and water for at least 3 days for each pet; bowls, and a manual can opener.
•Depending on the pet you may need a litter box, paper towels, plastic trash bags, grooming items, and/or household bleach.
•Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container.
•First aid kit with a pet first aid book.
•Sturdy leash, harness, and carrier to transport pet 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.
•Pet toys and the pet’s bed, if you can easily take it, to reduce stress.
•Current photos and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them in case you and your pets become separated, and to prove that they are yours.
•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.

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~ by citizenjournalistreview on April 27, 2014.

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