Family Disaster Information
Disasters can happen at anytime and anywhere. When disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond. A winter storm could confine your family at home. An earthquake, flood, tornado or any other disaster could cut off basic services such as gas, water, electricity and telephone service for days.
Here are a few tips to help you and your family prepare if and when a disaster would occur:
To prepare your kit: Place supplies you'd most likely need for an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container.
- Store your kit in a convenient place for everyone.
- Keep items in air tight plastic bags.
- Change your stored water supply and rotate stored food every six months.
Water: Store in plastic containers (i.e. soft drink bottles). Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in your household.
Food: Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that don't require refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water. The following foods could be ideal: ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables; canned juices; food for infants and elderly; snack foods.
First Aid Kit: Assemble a kit for your home and one for each car to include: bandages (assorted sizes), gauze pads, hypoallergenic adhesive tape, roller bandages, scissors, tweezers, moistened towelettes, thermometer; aspirin, antacid, etc.
Tools and Supplies: Paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, battery operated radio and extra batteries, flashlight, fire extinguisher, toilet paper, personal hygiene items, disinfectant, etc.
Clothing and Bedding: Sturdy shoes or work boots, blankets or sleeping bags, thermal underwear, hat and gloves.
CREATE A FAMILY DISASTER PLAN
- Contact your local emergency management or local Red Cross Chapter to determine which disasters are most likely to occur in your community.
- Meet with your family to discuss how they can prepare and respond to a disaster; discuss what to do if you need to evacuate.
- Plan how your family will stay in contact if you become separated. Choose a location a safe distance from your home as well as an alternate location outside of your neighborhood in case you are unable to return home.
*This information provided by the American Red Cross, Berks County Chapter and FEMA (Federal Emergency Mgmt Agency)*