Nov 01, 2015 at 08:00 AM

Do 1 Thing: November - EMERGENCY SUPPLIES

By MERRAG Assistant

Each Month we will list one simple thing you can do to be better prepared for Disaster. This month we'd like you to focus on Emergency Supplies.

The following information is provided by http://do1thing.com/ The mission of Do 1 Thing is to move individuals, families, businesses and communities to prepare for all hazards and become disaster resilient.

THE GOAL: Remember important items that may be overlooked when leaving your home in a disaster.

Any emergency is easier to handle when you have prepared ahead of time. Put together an emergency kit with important items to keep at home, and a go bag with items you will need\ to take with you if you evacuate. Think about what you and your family would need in a disaster. You can make kits for your home, car or workplace. Emergencies can happen anywhere.

Gather your emergency supplies in an accessible place.

Have a go bag ready if you have to shelter in place or evacuate your home. Your go bag can be part of your emergency kit, just make sure it is in a bag or easy to carry container and that it is easy to get to.

THINK ABOUT THESE ITEMS FOR YOUR GO BAG:

Battery powered radio and extra batteries
Flashlight with extra batteries
Lightweight blankets
Emergency information, including insurance policies
A list of medications and correct dosage, and doctor’s names
Personal items such as toothbrushes, soap, extra glasses, etc.
First aid kit
Whistle
Change of clothing
Nonperishable snacks
Books, cards or magazines to pass the time

Along with the basics, think about these items for your go bag:FOR INFANTS AND CHILDREN:
Baby formula and food
Diapers
Baby wipes
Blanket or toy

FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS:
Empty pill bottle(s) or a list of current medications (Make sure you update your go bag when your medications change)
Your doctors phone number

FOR PETS:
Pet food & water
Collar with ID tags
Pet medication(s)
Pet carriers and leashes
Medical records from vet
Photos of your pet
Microchip information

Create an emergency supply kit for your pet, your car, and your workplace or school.

Disasters can strike when you are away from home. If your office or school does not have an emergency kit, offer to help make one. The kit should include:

First aid supplies
Flashlights or light sticks
Building emergency procedures
Building maps showing evacuation and shelter areas
Pens or pencils
Signs with the words: Need Help and All Clear
Clipboard with class/staff names

Make or buy an emergency kit for your car. If you travel with your pet regularly, make sure that you have an emergency kit for them as well. Some items to think about for your car kit are: a small first aid kit, flashlight or light sticks, flares or reflective cones, a blanket, cell phone charger, jumper cables, bottled water, nonperishable snacks, and a help flag or brightly colored cloth that can be tied to the antenna.

Stash some cash in case ATMs and credit card machines are not usable in a disaster.

Many things that we take for granted are not available when there is no power. ATM machines may not work. Grocery stores and other businesses may not be able to accept your credit or debit card. Cash could be the only acceptable means to make a purchase. Some experts say you should have at minimum $150.00 in cash stashed away. Realizing this may not be possible for everyone, any amount is good to start with. Take $1.00 dollar a week and place it in an envelope in your emergency kit. In just a little time, you will have some cash stashed away for use in emergencies.

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