When officials order an evacuation, don’t wait. Hopefully, you and your family have prepared and can respond immediately. Drive safely and expect traffic to be heavy. Keep your gas tank filled. If you don’t have a car, try to have a plan, like leaving with a neighbor, friend or relative. Let others know when you leave and where you are going. Bring a list of emergency phone numbers.
Before you leave
Secure your home
Turn off gas, water and electricity
Board up windows
Draw drapes across windows
Brace garage doors
Bring in outdoor furniture and other loose objects; anchor items you cannot bring inside
Place boats on trailers, tie them down close to home and fill with water
Lock all windows and doors
What to bring
Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
Food, at least a three-day supply of non perishable food
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
Flashlight and extra batteries
First aid kit
Whistle to signal for help
Dust mask to help filter contaminated air, and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Manual can opener for food
Cellphone with charger, inverter or solar chargers
Prescription medications and glasses
Infant formula and diapers
Pet food and extra water for your pet
Cash or traveler’s checks and change
Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
Emergency reference material such as a first aid book
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
Complete change of clothing including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes
Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper. To make a disinfectant, dilute to nine parts water to one part bleach. Or in an emergency, you can use bleach to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color-safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
Matches in a waterproof container
Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
Paper and pencil
Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
First aid kit
In any emergency, a family member or you may suffer an injury. If you have these basic first aid supplies, you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt.
Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. You may consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.
Two pairs of latex or other sterile gloves if you are allergic to latex
Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes
Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant
Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies
Nonprescription drugs, including aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever, anti-diarrhea medication, antacid and laxative
Other first aid supplies, including scissors, tweezers and a tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Consider the following things when putting together your emergency food supplies:
Store at least a three-day supply of non perishable food.
Choose foods your family will eat.
Remember special dietary needs.
Avoid foods that will make you thirsty
Choose salt-free crackers, whole-grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content
Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils
Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation:
Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener
Protein or fruit bars
Dry cereal or granola
Nonperishable pasteurized milk
Food for infants