Emergency Planning

Below you can find some helpful information in case of emergencies:

What To Do In Case Of a Power Outage

The big question that everybody has on their minds…What do we do if we lose power? Here are some helpful tips and some things you should have on hand just in case.

  • Battery powered radio, flashlights and extra batteries.
  • Candles (Only use them when you are going to be in the same room. Do not leave them unattended. Also do not leave lit candles with children. Stay with them.)
  • Glow Sticks (These are highly recommended for children. They do not have a flame and some of them last 4 – 8 hours, plus they come in different colors.)
  • Matches or lighters
  • Blankets
  • First-aid kit
  • Drinking water
  • Non-perishable food with a non-electric can opener.
  • Food for your pets.
  • DO NOT use a gas stove for heat. Each year hundreds of people experience what they think are symptoms of the flu: headaches, fatigue, nausea, and dizziness. These are signs of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Carbon Monoxide is given off from natural gas. Use it to cook.

For more information, please go to www.fema.gov.

Emergency Supply Kit

Here are some supplies that might be helpful during any emergency. The best thing to do is organize these items and place them in an airtight container.

Include the following:

  • A battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries. Tune your radio into a local radio station for any emergency broadcasts.
  • A basic first-aid kit, any prescription medicines you take.
  • A supply of water (one gallon per person per day). Store water in a sealed, unbreakable containers. Identify the storage date and replace every six months.
  • A supply of non-perishable food and a non-electric can opener, plus any special foods you may require.
  • If you have a baby, include extra diapers and any other infant care items.
  • Any special equipment you might need: extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen supplies, medication and catheters.
  • If you have pets or guide or service dogs, be sure to bring food and any other supplies that you might need.
  • A change of clothing, rain/snow gear and sturdy shoes/boots.
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags.
  • A list of family physicians and the relative or friend who should be notified if you are injured, along with a backup contact person.
  • A list of the style and serial numbers of medical devices such as pacemakers and implanted defibrillators.
  • An extra set of car keys.
  • Some extra money.

For more information, please go to www.fema.gov.

Emergency Car Kit

Because emergencies never happen just at home, you should also have some type of emergency car kit. Include the following:

  • A battery powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries and maps.
  • Blankets and first aid kits with a pocket knife and matches.
  • Shovel
  • Tire repair kit and booster cables.
  • Flares
  • Fire Extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type)
  • Bottled water and non-perishable foods that conform with special dietary needs such as granola bars, raisins, and cookies.
  • Protective clothing (winter clothing, summer clothing)
  • Windshield scraper and small broom
  • Tow rope or chain
  • Fluorescent Distress Flag

For more information, please go to www.fema.gov.