None of us like to be unprepared in times of panic or disaster, which is why everyone should carefully plan for
a disaster.  A disaster can strike very quickly without much warning.  You may have to evacuate your home or
be confined to your home depending on the emergency at hand.  You must consider all likely circumstances
and begin planning around that scenario.  If you are able to stay at home, electricity, water, heat, air
conditioning, telephone service and transportation could be disrupted or lost for a considerable amount of
time.  Most emergency preparedness personnel recommends having enough food, water, medications and
other essentials on hand for at least 3-5 days.
If you are asked to evacuate, please
do so without hesitation!
You are being asked to evacuate for a reason.  Do not try to ride out an emergency if you are asked
to evacuate.  Seek shelter inland, with family or friends, at a hotel or designated shelter.  It is much
better to be safe than sorry.  Notify relatives and friends of your plans and make hotel reservations if
This kit should include: a portable radio with extra batteries, first aid kit, at least a 3 week
supply of medications, flashlight with an extra set of batteries, supply of non-perishable food
items, bottled water, non-electric can opener, baby supplies, extra changes of clothes for
everyone, sleeping bags and extra blankets, personal hygiene items, and toilet paper.
Tips For Being Ready
Prepare A Disaster Supply Kit
This should include: food, water, flares, booster cables, extra gasoline or diesel, maps, tools,
fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, and games for the kids.
Prepare An Emergency Car Kit
All first aid kits should have the following in them:  sterile bandages, safety pins, latex gloves,
aspirin or Tylenol, cold and hot compresses, gauze pads, scissors, needles, thermometer,
antiseptic, Vaseline, cleansing soap, sunscreen, activated charcoal, antacids, ace bandages,
tweezers, and moistened towelettes.
Have A First Aid Kit Available
Use bottled water that has not been exposed to flood water for drinking and hygiene;  a  3-5
day supply of non-perishable food items is recommended.  These foods should not require
refrigeration, preparation, cooking, and little or no water;  If you have little ones, make sure
that you have the right food for them to eat and drink (such as formula for babies); You should
have enough water per person for drinking, cooking, making hot or cold beverages, making
baby formula, brushing your teeth, taking medicines, washing wounds, and taking a bath.
Fill your vehicle with gas; if you do not have a vehicle, make transportation arrangements; fill
your clean water containers; review your emergency plans and supplies; tune into the radio
or television for the latest news; put pets and other animals in a safe area; place vehicles
under cover; fill all sinks and bathtubs with water as an extra supply for washing; learn about
your communities emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and location of
shelters; post emergency phone numbers at every phone; stay indoors until authorities have
declared the area safe; stay away from windows and doors, seeking shelter in a basement or
bathroom; talk with your family about your emergency plans; do not drive through barricades
or rising water; buy a fire extinguisher and make sure everyone knows where it is and how to
use it; install safety equipment such as smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms; conduct
an inventory of household items; make copies of receipts and canceled checks for more
valuable items.
Food & Water