Emergency events can strike suddenly, at any time and anywhere. Here at DRA we want to make sure you and your family are prepared ahead of time to handle theses situations. There are three actions, recommended by the Red Cross, everyone can take that can help make a difference.
Get a kit, Make a plan, and Stay informed.
1. Get A Kit
Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.
At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:
Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
First aid kit – Anatomy of a First Aid Kit
Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
Cell phone with chargers
Family and emergency contact information
Map(s) of the area
Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit.
Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
Games and activities for children
Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
Extra set of car keys and house keys
Manual can opener
2. Make A Plan
It is important to make sure your entire family is prepared and informed in case of a disaster or emergency event. In case you are not all together at the time of the event it is essential for everyone to know where they should go and how they should act.
-Meet with your family or household members.
-Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to where you live and work.
-Discuss and prepare for mobility and medical issues as they relate to your household.
-Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.
-Plan what you will do in case you are separated and how you will let your family know you are safe. We recommend using Red Cross resources such as calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and select the prompt for "Disaster" to register yourself and your family.
3. Be Informed
Learn about the types of disasters that are most likely to occur in your area and the types of medical emergencies which pay affect your family.
-Know how you will get information in case of an emergency whether it be local tv, radio, or emergency broadcast alerts.
-Compile emergency contact information for your community as well as for each family member, especially if essential medical information is available.