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Emergency Information

Even the best research cannot not save lives without proper personal and community preparation for a disaster. The Governor and the State's Department of Crime Control and Public Safety provide an important resource for personal and community emergency preparedness.

Think about the following when you are preparing for an emergency:

Family Preparedness

  • Your family, including immediate members, relatives, and contacts in areas where you may evacuate.
  • Phone numbers of pre-designated contact person, should you or any of your family become separated
  • Your pets (need up to date rabies vaccines, collars, and identification- never turn them loose if you are evacuating)
  • Evacuation routes (know them ahead of time)
  • Emergency kit
  • Food and water
  • AM/FM/Shortwave radio (these now come with hand cranks, or have backup batteries)
  • Pre-packaged emergency kits and individual items are also available for purchase, such as by the American Red Cross Store

Self-preparation not only ensures your safety, but also takes a burden off emergency personnel, allowing them to focus on the worse off

Evacuation Kit

In the unfortunate event that you need to evacuate, pay special attention to the instructions of your local emergency management office and implement your personal and family disaster plan. Be sure you have your evacuation kit in a ready-to-go backpack or suitcase, including the following:

  • Essential medications
  • First aid kit
  • Important documents (birth certificates, social security cards, tax, bank, and wills, contact information for family doctors, documents for any medical devices, and a video or inventory of your household items.)
  • Cash and checkbook
  • Clothing and bedding, in case of sheltering
  • 3-day supply of water (1 gallon/day per person)
  • Food in ready-to-eat non-perishable containers (fruits, vegetables, canned soups, etc.), any special dietary items, a non-electric can opener or knife.
  • Personal supplies (car keys, eyeglasses, flashlights and batteries, radio, mess kit and utencils)
  • Personal hygiene (toothbrush, paste, soap, deodorant, toilet paper and towlettes, etc.)
  • Pet food and water, feeding bowls, and vaccination records