In the event of an emergency, you may be faced with decisions that have to be made quickly to keep your family safe. Some instances may even require you to evacuate from oncoming danger. Floods, earthquakes, fires, and tornadoes can leave you stranded in your home or rushing to leave at a moments notice. Being prepared can help to avoid further danger and devastation.
There are simple steps you can take in your home to ensure you and your family are kept safe.
- Commit to learn and share life-saving skills like CPR. There are many community providers who have regular trainings you can attend to get certified.
- Have a basic first aid kit ready and available in your home and in your car.
- Regularly check fire and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Replace every ten years.
- Learn how to turn off the gas in your home.
- Never use candles in an emergency. Use flashlights and be sure to have extra batteries ready.
- Be prepared with enough food, water, and meds to last for at least 72 hours. Have supplies ready for easy transport in case of evacuation.
HOW TO BUILD AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT
Situations may arise where you must survive on your own for several days. Having the right supplies and plan in place could save your life. Most items on this list are inexpensive and easy to find. Remember to plan with your household in mind and add any additional items that may be needed to attend to small children, seniors, or pets.
Recommended Items For An Emergency Kit:
- WATER- one gallon per person per day (plan for at least three days, or three gallons per person)
- FOOD- three-day supply per person (at least)
- Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio
- First Aid Kit
- Extra Batteries
- Whistle- signal for help
- Dust Mask
- Moist towelettes, garbage sacks, & ties for sanitation needs
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener
- Local Maps
- Cell Phone with charger and backup battery
Download a printable list and find additional supply suggestions at https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
Simple preparations now can make a big difference for when emergencies do arise. Commit today to take simple actions to get you and your family on track.
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