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Published on July 01, 2014

Planning for an Emergency

July 1, 2014

Emergency KitPlanning ahead can help keep you and your family safe if there’s an emergency, like a natural or man-made disaster. Examples of emergencies include:

  • Natural disasters like floods, tornadoes, and earthquakes
  • Flu pandemics (flu outbreaks that spread around the world)
  • Blackouts (where large areas lose power)
  • Terrorist attacks

Emergencies can happen at any time, so it’s important to make sure you and your family are ready. Here’s what you can do:

  • Get an emergency supply kit.
  • Make a family emergency plan.
  • Learn what to do in different types of emergencies.

Take Action!

  • Don’t wait – make a plan with your family today.
  • Make an emergency supply kit.
    Gather supplies like water, medicines, and blankets. You won’t have time to search or shop for these supplies during an emergency, so put together your kit now. Make sure your kit includes:
    1. Water for at least 3 days. You’ll need at least 1 gallon of water a day for each person and pet.
    2. Food for at least 3 days. Choose foods that don’t need to be kept cold, like energy bars, peanut butter, crackers, and canned fruit (don’t forget a can opener).
    3. Prescription medicine that you take every day, like heart or diabetes medicine.
    4. A first aid kit to treat cuts, burns, and other basic injuries. (You can also buy first aid kits at many stores.)
    5. A battery-powered radio with extra batteries or a hand crank radio.
    6. A flashlight and extra batteries.
    7. A whistle to call for help.

Keep your emergency supplies together in a backpack, bag, or easy-to-carry container. Use a waterproof container if possible. Store your supplies in a place that’s easy to reach.

Make a plan.

It’s important to make a plan in case your family members aren't in the same place when disaster strikes. Consider a plan where each family member calls the same friend or relative if there’s an emergency.

You can make your own, or print a copy of an emergency plan at www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/Family_Emegency_Plan.pdf. Fill it out together so that everyone in your family knows what to do.

The KishHealth System Emergency Department is available to care for you in an emergency. 

Source: US Department of Health and Human Services

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