National Preparedness Month - Prepare Your Home

Being prepared for an emergency isn't just about staying safe during a storm or a disaster—it's also about how to stay comfortable, clean, fed and healthy afterwards. This is especially important when a storm or disaster causes a power outage.

If you lost power, how would you eat? The refrigerator wouldn’t keep your food cold and the microwave, oven or stove couldn’t warm things up. Additionally, you may not have access to clean water.

Being prepared means having your own nonperishable food, water, cash and other supplies to last for at least three days—and possibly longer if you are in a remote or hard-to-reach area. The following items should be kept readily available in your home:

  • Water – at least a gallon per person, per day
  • Non-perishable food
  • First aid kit
  • Cash
  • Prescription medications
  • Medical Information (physician, health insurance, and immunization information)
  • Batteries or alternative power source
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap
  • Paper plates, plastic cups and utensils
  • Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio
  • Sleeping bag for each person
  • Flashlights
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Manual can opener
  • Local maps
  • Pet supplies
  • Baby supplies (formula, wipes, and diapers)
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