26 Weeks to Emergency Preparedness

Every person must have a personal or family emergency plan. To ensure your safety and well-being, and that of your family, you can prepare now to take care of your basic needs for at least the first 72 hours following a disaster. Follow the 26 tips on this page (once a week or every two weeks), and within 6 months (or one year), you will be prepared. Be a hero, be prepared!

  1. Tip 1 - Portable Container - Emergency Kit
  2. Tip 2 - Three-Day Supply of Water
  3. Tip 3 - Identify an Out-of-Area Phone Contact
  4. Tip 4 - Stock Up on Non-Perishable Foods
  5. Tip 5 - Portable Radio & Batteries
  6. Tip 6 - Identify Home Hazards
  7. Tip 7 - Assign Safety Tasks to Each Family Member
  8. Tip 8 - Safe Places
  9. Tip 9 - Plastic Garbage Bags
  10. Tip 10 - Flashlight & Extra Batteries
  11. Tip 11 - Insurance Policies
  12. Tip 12 - First-Aid Kit
  13. Tip 13 - Change of Clothing
  14. Tip 14 - Personal Toiletry Items
  15. Tip 15 - Be a Hero, Be Prepared
  16. Tip 16 - Take Care of Your Most Vulnerable
  17. Tip 17 - Pets & Supplies
  18. Tip 18 - Assemble Documents & Family Photos
  19. Tip 19 - Sleeping Bags & Blankets
  20. Tip 20 - Duct Tape & Plastic Sheeting
  21. Tip 21 - Connect with Your Neighbors
  22. Tip 22 - Large Bucket, Tools & Small Necessities
  23. Tip 23 - First-Aid Course
  24. Tip 24 - Keep Your Kids Informed
  25. Tip 25 - Know Disaster Response Routes & Evacuation Plans
  26. Tip 26 - Congratulations! You're a Hero!

Get a portable container (or containers depending on the size of your family) with a lid to use as an emergency kit that will hold all your family’s emergency supplies for 72 hours. A plastic storage bin or garbage can works and one with wheels is ideal. Label the container and keep it in an accessible location near an exit, and make sure all family members know where it is.