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Family Emergency Plan
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In an emergency, your family may not be together so it is important to plan ahead so everyone knows what they need to do.
  • Make sure each family member will receive alerts through school, work or emergency notification systems.
  • Decide on a safe meeting place in your neighborhood (such as a nighbor's house), one outside your neighborhood (such as a library, community center or church), and one outside your town (such as a relative's house). Discuss how each family member would get to the safe meeting places.
  • Write down important phone numbers and email addresses for family members and an out-of-town contact who can act as a central point of contact if your family gets separated.

For more information about creating a family emergency plan and assembling an emergency preparedness kit go to www.ready.gov.

Assemble basic items that you may need if you are unable to access stores or emergency relief during an emergency. Items to include:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio                    
  • Flashlight and extra batteries                        Emergency_family_kit-630x315.jpg                                                     
  • First aid kit
  • Local maps                                                                               
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Cell phone with charges, inverter or solar charger
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Depending on your needs, additional items could be added:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers                                               
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Fire extinguisher                                                                       
  • Matches in a waterproof container                                                            
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Books, games and/or puzzles
  • Paper and pencil
  • A first aid guide