• Emergency Preparedness

    Because I live in the South, it is time for me to think about the upcoming Hurricane Season. But there are other disasters that parts of this country should be worried about: Tornadoes, Earthquakes, Floods, etc.

    Here are some things that you should gather up and have handy in case of an emergency.

    • Batteries-all sizes (for flashlights, radios)
    • Water-at least 1 gallon per person per day for 3 to 7 days

    Food: Non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices – Enough for at least 3-7 days

    • Foods for infants or the elderly if necessary
    • Snack foods
    • Non-electric can opener
    • Cooking tools / fuel
    • Paper plates / plastic utensils

     Blankets / Pillows, etc.

    • Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
    • First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
    • Special Items – for babies and the elderly
    • Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
    • Flashlight / Batteries
    • Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
    • Telephones – Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
    • Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards – Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
    • Keys
    • Toys, Books and Games

     Important documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag

    • Insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
    • Tools – keep a set with you during the storm
    • Vehicle fuel tanks filled

    Pet care items:

    •  Proper identification / immunization records / medications
    •  Ample supply of food and water
    •  A carrier or cage
    •  Muzzle and leash

    These are just some suggestions, and each family should have a plan for evacuation, or a Family Emergency Plan. Plan things such as where to meet, and how to contact each other.

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