Severe weather, natural disasters and other unexpected events can occur with no warning. Plan ahead so your family knows what to do to stay safe.
Plan ahead to stay safe
In an emergency, it’s important to have enough supplies. Here’s what you’ll need:
Food and water
- 1 gallon of water per person per day
- Nonperishable food items that are easy to prepare without power
- Tools and utensils like a non-electric can opener, forks, spoons and knives
- Baby and pet food
- Flashlights (do not use candles)
- Two sets of extra batteries
- A battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Mobile phone and portable charger
Health & personal supplies
- Basic first-aid kit
- Medication (prescription and non-prescription)
- Blankets and extra clothing
- Cash and credit cards
- Important documents (copies of IDs, medical records, pet vaccinations and family photos)
- Activities for children
Put supplies in waterproof containers and store them in a place that’s easy to reach. Whether you are sheltering at home or evacuating, you may need to get your supplies quickly.
Create a plan with all members of your household:
- Prepare two ways to escape your home.
- Confirm your emergency exit locations.
- Determine a place where your family can reunite after evacuating.
- Keep your pets in mind.
- Practice your emergency plan.
- Review your plan with everyone in your household every three to six months.
- Share your plan with any guests or visitors.
Evaluate your home ahead of time, using the following guidelines:
- Know when and how to turn off your electricity and gas.
- Locate fire extinguishers and learn how to use them.
- Learn how to open your garage door manually.
- Install smoke alarms throughout your home.
- Make sure your standby generator is working properly.
- Get your installer's emergency phone number if you use rooftop solar panels.
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