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Disaster Preparedness

Emergencies, disasters, accidents and injuries can occur any time and without warning. Being prepared to handle emergencies is both an individual family responsibility. Emergency planning procedures should cover your home, place of work, and vehicle. These procedures will help reduce the effects of disasters and emergencies and could even save someone’s life. Your safety, as well as the safety of your family, friends, co-workers, and pets is of primary importance.

In a major disaster or catastrophe, local government will be severely impacted and will have to recover before it can provide basic services to the public. This action could take two or three days. During this period, the citizens of the community must be able to function without government assistance.

During an emergency or disaster, it may be difficult to find and/or purchase supplies. Self preparedness not only increases your ability to survive, but also reduces the workload of first responders, emergency medical services, fire fighters and law enforcement. A key element to being prepared for a disaster is the assembly of an emergency preparedness kit.

Keep your kit in a convenient, readily-accessible location that contains quantities sufficient for at least three (3) days (72 hours).  You should have a kit for your home, office and automobile.

EMERGENCY SUPPLY CHECKLIST
  • Water (1 gallon a day per person)
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Manual can opener
  • First Aid kit
  • Prescriptions (14-day supply)
  • Baby foods & formula (7-day supply)
  • Games and toys for children
  • Sewing kit
  • Blankets and sleeping bags
  • Matches and candles
  • Extra clothing and shoes
  • Battery cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flares and map
  • Tire repair kit
  • Tire chains as necessary
  • Short handle shovel
  • Rain gear for each person
  • Personal hygiene supplies
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Battery-powered radio

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