Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. There are three types of emergencies that can unexpectedly occur:
- Natural, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, flash floods or ice storms
- Human-caused, such as arson
- Technological, such as a power failure
Everyone should be prepared to take care of themselves and their families for up to three days in the event of an emergency or disaster. Remember, emergencies can occur without warning. Don’t wait to find out how unprepared you are.
Preparing a Family Emergency Kit in Plain English
Are you ready for an emergency?
- Assemble an Emergency Survival Kit.
- Your goal should be self-sustenance for a minimum of three days
- Check your kit often and carry a similar kit in each family vehicle
- Teach your children how and when to call for help
- All family members should know how to turn off gas, power and water supply to your home
- Determine a meeting place and message point (with a family member or friend in another community) for family members who are separated during the emergency
- Keep your vehicle’s gas tank at least half full at all times; you will be able to evacuate the area, if necessary, even if gas stations are closed
- Equip your home with a battery operated radio and keep fresh batteries with it
- Do not use the telephone unless absolutely necessary. Telephone capacity is stretched to the limit during major emergencies
There are six basics you should stock in your home: water, food, first aid supplies, tools and supplies, clothing and bedding. Keep the items you would most likely need during an evacuation in a waterproof backpack or duffle bag and make sure every member of your family knows where to find the family emergency survival kit.
Additional tips may be found in our publication: Guide to Family Emergency Preparedness
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In the event of an emergency, it is critical that everyone who is affected gets timely and accurate information. In an emergency, tune into local radio stations for up-to-the-minute information on the situation.