Preparing for natural disasters – Are you ready?

Natural disasters can come unexpectedly. Protecting your family should be your top priority.

Natural DisastersPreparing for natural disasters, whether it is a hurricane, flood, or earthquake can mean the difference between life and death. After a major disaster the usual services we take for granted may be unavailable. Taking the time to assemble a disaster emergency kit before a disaster strikes will help you through the temporary loss of everyday conveniences such as safe water on tap, fresh food supplies and electricity. It is recommended to be self-sufficient for at least three days.

Prepare now. During an emergency, supplies are in high demand and stores run out of inventory quickly. Once a disaster hits, there is no time to search for supplies.

Your disaster emergency kit should include the following supplies:

  • One gallon of water per person, per day
  • Ready to eat food
  • Manual can opener
  • Plates, utensils, cups
  • First aid kit and prescription drugs
  • A copy of important documents and phone numbers
  • Warm clothes for each family member
  • Battery operated flash light and candles
  • Disposable camera
  • Battery operated radio
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Tools
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Supplies for your pets

Store your household emergency kit supplies in an easily accessible location. Put these contents in a large, watertight container that you can move easily.

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