Are you and your family prepared for a disaster? If not, make THIS the month that you complete your emergency preparedness plans and kits.
Here is a 4-week plan to help you reach your goal.
Week 1: PREPARE
Assemble a survival supplies kit for your home AND a smaller version for your car.
Because of our location in the High Desert, we need to be prepared with enough water, food, and supplies to last us for a minimum of 10 days.
Water: One gallon per person per day…and don’t forget about your pets! Have enough water for them as well.
Food: Non-perishable food such as canned meats, vegetables, soups, juices, peanut butter, crackers, nuts, powdered milk, etc. Plan for special dietary needs. Make sure you also have a manual can opener, scissors, paper plates, utensils, cups, and paper towels.
Personal care items: Toothbrush/paste, mouthwash, moist towelettes, toilet paper, plastic garbage bags and ties.
Medical items: First aid kit, prescription drugs and non prescription medicines such as aspirin, non-aspirin pain relievers, antacids, anti-diarrheal, laxatives and vitamins; a whistle to signal for help, extra eyeglasses, hearing aid batteries, canes and other necessary items. Rotate medications every six months or sooner.
Animals: Pet food, pet carriers, collars, leashes, and cat litter.
General supplies: Flashlights with extra batteries and bulbs, battery or hand-crank radio, wrench or pliers to turn off gas ONLY if the line is broken or you smell gas, clothing, shoes, blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, and tent; toys and coloring books for children.
Documentation: Keep copies of important family documents in a waterproof container like a plastic zip bag: identification, pet information, insurance documents, extra house/car keys, and some cash in small bills.
Fire extinguishers: Keep a fire extinguisher in your car as well as in various places in your home such as the kitchen, garage, near the fireplace, and upstairs, and know how to use them.
- For more information on building your own emergency kit click here>
- For information for people with access and functional needs click here>
- For information for older Americans click here>
- For information for pet owners click here>
Week 2: PLAN
Make an emergency preparedness and communications plan.
Make a contact information sheet listing your family members and close friends, including their home, cell and work phone numbers. Keep this list near your phone.
Choose an out-of-state contact you and your family members can call and notify of your situation in case local phone service is unavailable during a disaster.
Plan escape routes from your home in the event of a fire or earthquake and a meeting place to reunite with family and friends after the disaster.
Include your pets in your evacuation plan. Take them with you or have a list of friends or places that can shelter your pets for you.
Know where your utilities are and how to turn them off if necessary.
For more information on making your plan click here>
Week 3: PRACTICE
Discuss and practice your plan with your family at least twice a year.
Call your out of state contact and have your family call as well.
Update your plan information with any changes to contact information, phone numbers, or important document information changes.
Practice evacuating from your home and finding your safe places in your home.
Rotate supplies including water, food, pet food, medications, and batteries every six months or sooner to maintain freshness.
Practice what to do in an earthquake: Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Click <here> to read about protecting yourself during an earthquake.
For more information on practicing and planning click here>
Week 4: PARTICIPATE
Learn how to take care of yourself and your family through the Apple Valley CERT program.
CERT is the “Community Emergency Response Team” volunteer program. It is made up of citizens just like you who are interested in learning more about how to be prepared and help their families, neighbors, and community in a disaster.
It is a free 20-hour course (for Apple Valley residents) that consists of:
- Disaster preparedness
- Fire safety and how to use a fire extinguisher
- Disaster medical operations – Triage and Treatment of injuries and life-threatening conditions
- Light search and rescue
- Disaster psychology
- CERT organization
- Disaster simulation to practice what you have learned in the program
For additional information on CERT programs click HERE.