Are You Ready?… Make a Plan. Be Informed. Be Safe.
How many of you have an emergency plan in place for your family?
You may be thinking why? What do we need to be bothered with a plan for? Simple answer is Family Safety.
Start with a regular fire drill practice and build from there.
Making a Plan:
- Talk about what might happen in your area: fire, blizzard, flood, etc.
- How would you find out about it?
- Do you know how to contact family members?
- What would you need if you cannot get out for a few days?
We can answer the communication piece with the following Communication Plan – (links to download)
Building a Disaster Kit:
- 3 day supply of non-perishable food that does not require cooking* (unless you have a nonelectric cooking source)
- 3 day supply of water (1 gallon per person, per day) *Don’t forget pet needs.
- Portable, battery powered radio (have extra batteries)
- Flashlight (more batteries)
- First aid kit
- Phone that works if power is off
- a way to keep warm (sleeping bags, extra blankets, heavy outer clothes)
- 3 day supply of all medicines
- special items for infants (formula, diapers, etc)
Extra: gasoline (if you have generator and snowblower)
Be sure everyone knows where the kit is. Have it easily accessible. Check it regularly. There are many online sites with extension resources for disaster kit development. Maine Red Cross is just one of these.
Now what if you have to leave?
- pillows, blankets and snacks until shelter site is fully functioning
- financial papers, check books, credit cards, medication, identification, cash, etc. (*Reminder – if power is out that means gas stations down and no access to ATMs or banks for money)
- special needs of family members (*remember your pets)
- take extra food and water for pets