Preparedness is most important but most have not created a family plan to deal with many of the hazards that might happen, especially disasters that occur without warning. Being prepared is really the best thing than waiting for help to arrive. Conduct a serious family discussion about "what if" scenarios -- plans, alternatives and agreed meeting places and responsibilities.
- Water- In almost any scenario, having enough drinking water for at least 3 days is essential. Of course, the more you can manage, the better.
- Food - Be as simple or extravagant as you have time and money to be. Read Emergency Food Supply list.
- Flashlight and spare batteries - Candles and oil lamps are fine, but can pose a fire hazard.
- Swiss Army Knife - even if you don't get any other tools, the Swiss Army Knife has enough basic tools to be useful.
- Source of Information - Watch the news or listen to the radio. If the power is out, use a portable, battery-powered radio.
- Vital Personal Needs - diapers and formulas for babies, medications for health conditions, gas in your cars.
- Extra clothing, shoes, jackets, hats
- First-Aid Kit. See First-Aid Kit Checklist
- Hygiene items
- Important documents such as ID, insurance, etc.
It's up to each of us to do what we can do to take control of emergency situations. This page contains only the most basic level of preparation.