Your Emergency Supplies Kit should be prepared in advance and contain the following as a minimum:
– First aid kit.
– Blankets or sleeping bags.
– Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.
– Special medications necessary for period of at least one week.
– Copies of prescriptions and extra eyeglasses.
– Battery powered radio and extra batteries.
– Flash light and extra batteries.
– Bottled water sufficient for at least 3 days. Two to four litres per person per day – two for drinking and two for food preparation, hygiene and dish washing.
– A three-day supply of non-perishable or canned foods and a manual can opener.
– Flares and emergency road kit (in your vehicle).
– Toys and games for any children in your care.
– Sewing kit.
– Candles and a supply of matches and/or cigarette lighter.
– Utensils (knives, forks, pots, etc.).
– Paper plates and paper towels.
– Resealable plastic bags.
– Plastic garbage bags to store waste.
– Sanitation supplies (soap, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, pre-moistened towelettes, waste containers, feminine hygiene products, etc.).
– A prepared package of important personal information such as family, work, school, etc. phone numbers, list of occupants of the residence (including pets) with copies of documents such as drivers licenses, birth certificates, etc.
– Discuss with your family and friends how to respond to disaster situations.
– Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark two escape routes.
– Learn how to turn off water, gas and electricity at your location.
– Teach children how and when to use emergency telephone numbers (911) for help.
– Pick one out-of-area and one local family member or friend to call if you get separated when you evacuate.
– Pick a place and an alternate outside your home to meet in case of fire.
– Keep family records and other important papers in a waterproof and fireproof container.
– Make arrangements for pets if you leave or evacuate.
– Let others know when you leave, where you are going and when you expect to arrive.