Emergency Preparedness

Posted on July 1, 2013

Preparing an Emergency Kit for You and Your Caregiver

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You can use a small suitcase or backpack. Keep your emergency kit in an accessible location in the home or garage and post a note on the refrigerator as to its whereabouts in the event that both you and your caregiver are incapacitated.

  • Water: one gallon per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • Non-perishable food: at least a three-day supply
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Filter mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
  • Moist towelettes (baby wipes), garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Manual can opener if kit contains canned food
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape, to shelter -in-place
  • Important family documents-you may consider making copies of these to give to ICE family members.
  • Items for unique family needs, such as daily prescription medication or pet food

Include Medications and Medical Supplies:

  • Especially for oxygen users: assure that they have a 3 day supply of oxygen available at all times.
  • Assure that you have at least 1 week supply of all medications.

Other items that should be included IN the emergency kit :

  • Family contact numbers both in and out of the area.
  • A listing of conditions and current medications with a copy of all prescriptions, including eyeglasses

A copy of your:

  • Medicare/Health Insurance Card
  • Driver’s License
  • Home Owner’s Policy
  • Will and Trust Information
  • Contact information of your doctor

*Consider making copies of all of these documents and sending them to the ICE contacts that you have identified in your plan.

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