The brochure does a really good job of covering the basics. It has three simple steps:
1. Get a kit.
2. Make a plan,
3. Stay informed.
The kit they are talking about is a 3-Day kit.
You should include the following for each member of your family to last three days.
- food that won't spoil, such as canned goods and packaged foods
- water, one gallon per person per day
- a working battery-operated radio and extra batteries
- a written family emergency plan
Once you have those items you are to add:
- flashlights and extra batteries
- first aid kit including a list of allergies and extra contact lenses or glasses
- a written list of your prescriptions and the prescribing doctor(s) and at least a week's supply of medications
- Sanitation supplies: toilet paper, soap, plastic garbage bags, and personal hygiene items
- change of clothing, sturdy shoes and a blanket or sleeping bag.
- food and water for your pets
- special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
Once you have the kit you are to make a plan:
- discuss with your family the types of possible emergencies and disasters that threaten the area you live in and what to do in each case.
- Talk with school personnel to learn how they handle emergencies and how you will be informed if an emergency occurs.
- Know where you will go if you have to evacuate your home and how you can take your pets.
- Decide on a meeting place, and choose an out of town friend or family member to be a contact person.
- Keep all important phone numbers with you at all times, just in case.
Now your job is to stay informed:
- You should keep up with local up to date information before, during and after a disaster.
- Follow any orders to evacuate or remain in your home.
- Keep informed of weather watches and warnings and educate yourself on what to do in these times
- Keep your battery-powered radio in working condition and make sure you have extra batteries in case the electricity goes out.
Here are a few links that I have found to help with preparing an emergency kit.