Essentials for an Emergency Preparedness Kit
- First aid kit
- Standby Generator
An Automatic Standby Generator protects your home and your loved ones by:
- A generator keeps essential pumps running, such as a well, sump and septic pump, to prevent costly damage from occurring.
- A generator keeps the lights on so you can see in dangerous debris.
- A generator keeps the furnace running so you can stay warm and prevents pipes from freezing.
- A generator keeps the refrigerator running so food and medication aren’t spoiled.
- A generator keeps you connected, so you can stay informed; monitor the storm and stay connected via television, radio and the Internet.
In addition to making an Emergency Preparedness Kit and installing an Automatic Standby Generator, there are other ways to prepare for storm season:
- Food that doesn't require heating or refrigeration, such as canned meats, soups and stews, cereal, and energy bars.
- Manual can opener
- Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils
- 1 gallon of water per person per day (allow enough for four days)
- Flashlights and batteries
- Battery-powered radio
- Battery-powered clock
- Charge your cell phone, lap tops and tablets
- First-aid kit
- Four-day supply of prescription medicines
- Blanket and cold-weather clothing for each family member
- Pet food, additional water for pets, pet medication
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
- Emergency cash and checks as credit cards may not be dependable in a power outage.
- Tools (thick heavy duty trash bags, duct tape, utility knife, hammer, wrench, screw drivers, fasteners and zip ties)
- Make copies of personal documents, insurance policies and other important legal and financial documents.
- Have a directory of important contact numbers handy, including an emergency shelter.
- Ensure you have access to a working fire extinguisher.
- Have extra fuel on hand for your personal vehicle and grill.
- Have a camera handy to take pictures of any damage that may have occurred.
- Keep important documents safe and protected by sealing them in a gallon size bag.
- Keep your kit items and documents in a water resistant container, such as a clear plastic tote.