Emergency Planning

Prepare for an Emergency

Whether it's a winter storm, or wildfire season, it's important to prepare in advance for a potential emergency. 

Emergency Kit

Create an emergency preparedness kit with at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for your home and office. Kits for vehicle road travel and winter weather evacuation, “go-kits” are also advised.

Stock your kit with:

  • 3-day supply of water & non-perishable foods (no heat/cooking required) for everyone in the household, including pets
  • Hand-crank or battery-powered flashlight plus extra batteries
  • Hand-crank or battery-powered clock & radio
  • Blankets (mylar, sleeping bag, other)
  • Hand can opener & utility knife
  • Whistle
  • First-aid kit
  • Warm hat, gloves & socks
  • Cash – ATM machines need power, too
  • Prescription medications
  • Personal care products (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.)
  • Moist towelettes, plastic/garbage bags & ties
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities at main switch (electricity, water, gas)
  • Duct tape & dust mask
  • Change of clothing, including sturdy shoes & warm coat
  • Pet collar, leash or carrier
  • Local maps
  • Waterproof matches
  • Entertainment (deck of cards, puzzles, dominoes, etc.)

Family Emergency Plan

  • Make a plan and practice the plan with your family and those who depend on you
  • Set a place to meet outside in case anyone gets separated from the group
  • Remember to include responsibility for family pets
  • Make a list with phone numbers/email addresses for family, friends, medical and financial contacts and keep in your emergency kits
  • Scout and map evacuation routes from your home and office – at least two routes
  • Have an out-of-area contact person who can let others know you are ok

Monitor Weather

  • Stay informed on what weather is approaching so you are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way
  • Research and bookmark online weather websites including the National Weather Service and local and regional radio and TV stations
  • Sign up for weather alerts
  • Purchase a portable emergency weather radio and learn how to use it
  • Be sure to keep extra batteries handy