Plan ahead for an emergency…disaster can strike quickly and without warning.
In case of emergency, consider having the following:
A one-week supply of water. Allow one gallon of water a day for each person. You can buy bottled water or you can fill clean empty plastic containers with tap water and store. Never use a container that has held unsafe materials.
A supply of non-perishable food that doesn’t need to be cooked or refrigerated. Suggested foods: canned fish, meat, fruit and vegetables, beans, stews, soup, dried fruits and nuts, peanut butter and jelly, crackers, ready-to-eat cereals, powdered milk, cookies and juices.
Non-perishable foods that meet your special dietary needs.
A non-electric can opener to open canned food.
Extra pet supplies if you have a pet
A first aid kit
Keep prescription medications filled and maintain a supply of over-the-counter drugs that are used regularly
Keep an up-to-date list of the medications on your health card (available at CARE)
Have warm clothing,_selfets, and a flashlight with an extra supply of fresh batteries.
Keep a battery-powered AM-FM radio. This is an important communication link for news.
Fill a back pack with things you will need and keep it handy.
Keep some cash on hand.
Consider filling your car’s gas tank when the gauge shows it’s half-empty.
Check your home heating oil tank to make sure the gauge is in good condition and the oil tank is full.
Keep emergency phone numbers near the phone.
In the event that phone service fails, develop a plan now to ensure that everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.
Plan and practice escape routes from your home in case of fire.
During power failures, use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns; DO NOT use candles or oil lamps as they could cause fires.
Make sure fire extinguishers and smoke detectors are tested regularly and are working properly and buy extra batteries for the smoke detector.
Contact a friend or neighbor who lives near your loved one and is able to look in on them.