15 Emergency Preparedness Tips courtesy of ICF International.
1. Know your risks—be informed, aware, and prepared for disasters that may occur in your area.
2. Know your community’s emergency alerts and warnings system.
3. Prepare for your family’s needs—medical supplies, doctor information, specific diet needs.
4. Make a plan to determine how and where to reunite if separated.
5. Ensure children are familiar with their school’s emergency preparedness plans.
6. Build a disaster supplies kit with items such as canned food, water, first aid supplies, and cash.
7. Prepare a “to go” pet kit with food, water dish, leash, medical records, blanket, and photos of pet.
8. “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) your cell phone with emergency contact names/numbers.
9. Send text messaging to let others know you are safe.
10. Always keep electronic devises fully charged.
Your Home and Car:
11. Develop a home escape plan to get out quickly and safely.
12. Know how to shut off your utilities in your home.
13. Keep a car emergency supply kit including nonperishable food, can opener, water, radio, flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, blankets. Always keep your gas tank full.
14. Help prepare your community, especially elders and those with disabilities.
15. Join the National Preparedness Coalition and “Pledge to Prepare.”