Disasters can happen at any time, without warning. You, your family and your coworkers should be ready for the unexpected. The time to plan is not during an emergency. The time to plan is now.
The keys to being prepared for an emergency are following the 4 steps of the FEMA Ready Campaign…Build a kit, Make a plan, Be informed, and Get Involved.
Build a kit
During an emergency, you will need to have a kit ready. It should have basic supplies that will help you survive for 72 hours. You should consider including the following basic supplies in your kit:
- Water (one gallon per person per day)
- Food (three-day supply of non-perishable food)
- Manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Cell phone charger
- First Aid kit
- Walking shoes
- Whistle to signal for help
- Filtered dust mask
- Moist towelettes and other personal hygiene items
- Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Daily prescription medications and/or prescription eye glasses
- Infant formula or diapers (if needed)
- Important documents (copies of insurance policy, identification, proof of address, financial records, list of medications, and emergency contact information)
Make a plan
Plan in advance what you will do in an emergency because your family may not be together, you may be at work or away from home. Know alternate ways to communicate, get home and where to meet if your normal routine is interrupted.
Understand the hazards in the DC area and know what action to take during an emergency. Learn the best ways to get information and be sure to have items such as a battery powered radio.
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After preparing yourself and your family for possible emergencies, take the next step and get involved in preparing your community.