Make a kit, Make a plan, Stay informed and Be prepared!

Submitted by Mimi Fujii-Strickler, Truckee River Flood Project

Note that these recommendations will help you prepare for a wildfire emergency as well!

In honor of September as National Preparedness Month,
the Washoe County Emergency Preparedness Council is sending out personal preparedness tips regarding how to be prepared and ready for disasters or emergencies.  We know that all types of disasters can happen at any time and anywhere, and I am very happy to share the first excellent tip with you, your family, or business  in preparing your emergency kit. Here at the Truckee River Flood Project, we encourage all of you to make a kit, make a plan, stay informed, and be prepared!!!

Preparedness Tip #1: Make an Emergency Kit!

An emergency kit is simply a collection of basic items you may need in the event of an emergency. The items in this kit will be necessary if you will need to shelter-in-place or evacuate.  Assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency, and update annually.  Store supplies in an easy-to-carry containers, such as backpacks or duffle bags.  Include items such as:

  • At least a 72-hour supply of water (one gallon per person per day).  Identify the storage date and replace every six months.
  • At least a 72-hour supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food.  Learn more about putting together an emergency stockpile with healthy food at:  http://www.getreadyforflu.org/new_pg_advice_healthystockpile.htm
  • Non-electric can opener.
  • Change of clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes for every person in your household.
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags.
  • First aid kit and prescription medications.
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and plenty of extra batteries.
  • Credit cards and cash.
  • Extra set of car keys.
  • List of important family information; the style and serial number of medical devices.
  • Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.
  • Don’t forget Fido and Fluffy! Include dry pet food, kitty litter, medications and water

For more information about building your emergency kit, please visit: http://www.washoecounty.us/em/supplykit.html

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