Don’t Have an Emergency Kit? Here’s What You Should Have
Posted at 10 a.m.
As we continue to observe National Preparedness Month with a weekly preparedness video, Sulayman Brown from our Office of Emergency Management discusses the importance of having an emergency supply kit — and what kinds of supplies you should have in your kit — at home, at the office and in your vehicles.
- First-aid kit
- Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days)
- Food (at least three-day supply of non-perishable food)
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather radio.
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Garbage bags and plastic ties
- Duct tape
- Plastic sheeting
- Manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
- Cellphone and chargers
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Important family documents (insurance policies, identification and bank account records)
- Emergency reference materials (such as first-aid book)
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Change of clothing
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Food supplies, such as mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
- Infant formula and diapers
For additional information about National Preparedness Month and how you can prepare, visit www.Ready.gov.
During September — and throughout the year — the emergency management staff are here to support you and educate the community on preparedness. Call 571-350-1000, TTY 711, or email email@example.com for more information on how you can get better prepared.