Emergency Preparedness

Thank you for taking this very important step in your personal preparedness. Information contained on this page will provide information to help you prepare an emergency preparedness kit, develop a disaster plan, learn more about terrorist threats and provide other helpful links to disaster preparedness websites. By taking these few, simple steps we can become partners in emergency preparedness.

Emergency supply kits can be used during severe storms, electrical outages, evacuations, or threats of bioterrorism. Everyone needs to take steps now to be prepared for an emergency situation. Consider making two kits - one to shelter in place, the other to take if you have to get away. The second kit could be a smaller version of the first kit and packed in a backpack or duffle bag.

Your Emergency Preparedness Kit should have enough provisions for at least three days.

Essential items you will need:

  • Water - approximately one gallon of water per person per day
  • Food - canned and dried foods (remember manual can opener and eating utensils)
  • Clothing - appropriate for the season; include footwear and rain gear.
  • Bedding - blankets and sleeping bags
  • Emergency supplies - first aid kit, flashlight, extra batteries, battery-powered radio, wrench/pliers (to turn off utilities), moist towelettes, plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Family needs - prescription medications, infant formula and diapers, eyeglasses/contacts, entertainment, etc.
  • Family documents - insurance policies, birth certificates, bank account records, etc. (place in a portable waterproof container)
  • Pets - store extra food, water and supplies for your pet

Make a Plan

Plan for Appropriate Shelter

Identifying what type of emergency is present will assist in determining whether to stay or go. Emergency information is commonly broadcast via radio and television. You should understand and plan for both possibilities.

Sheltering in Place

Staying put is also known as sheltering in place. In certain circumstances, you may be asked to shelter in place and seal the room you are in from potentially contaminated outside air. When notified to do so, or if you suspect that the outside air is contaminated, you should immediately bring your family and pets inside. Remember to:

  • Close windows, air vents and fireplace dampers
  • Lock doors
  • Turn off fans and/or air conditioning/heating systems

If possible choose an interior room with few windows and doors. To seal a room use plastic sheeting or plastic garbage bags with duct tape to seal windows, doors and air vents. This is a temporary protective measure to create a barrier between you and potentially contaminated air outside. It is strongly recommended that you measure, precut, and label your sheeting so as not to waste time during an actual emergency. Remember to take your emergency supply kit.