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Family Preparedness

Depending on the situation you could be asked to evacuate or to shelter-in-place. It is best to be prepared for either occurrence. Have the following prepared in advance:

  • Disaster Supply Kit in an Easy-To-Carry Container
  • Evacuation Plan
  • Emergency Communication Plan
  • Knowledge of How to Shut Off Utilities at the Main Switch

Your supply kit should be stocked with the following six basics:

  • Water (at least a three day supply of one gallon per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable, no preparation needed)
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Tools and Emergency Supplies
  • Clothing and Bedding
  • Special Items (prescription medication, important documents, etc.)

Important information for pet owners:

  • DO NOT leave your pets behind. Plan ahead to find shelters or hotels that will take animals
  • Public shelters will not accept pets, find a relative or friend to take in your pet
  • Bring proof of recent vaccinations along with food, water and a leash

Other preparations you can make that can help keep you and your family healthy include:

  • Getting a Yearly Influenza Vaccine
  • Keeping Your Immunizations Current
  • Washing Your Hands Often

For more information about preparing for an emergency situation please visit the following websites. They have a wealth of detailed information to help you create an emergency preparedness plan.

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