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Is Your Family Prepared for an Emergency?
Supply Kit: What You Need
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Supply Kit Checklist
- First aid kit including your family’s medications (check periodically to ensure they’re not expired)
- Special-needs items for infants, the elderly, and family members with disabilities
- Battery-powered radio to listen to news reports
- Extra batteries
- Bottled water – at least a gallon per person for each day
- Non-perishable food that doesn’t require cooking
- Manual can opener
- Coolers and ice chests
- Landline phone with cord (not cordless)
Prepare Your Home
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- Keep important telephone numbers near your home’s main phone (fire department, paramedics, police, hospital, doctors, relatives, neighbors)
- Place flashlights in handy locations, like near the home phone
- Install surge protectors to safeguard valuable electronics like computers and home entertainment systems
- Get acquainted with your home’s utility boxes (electricity, water, and gas), learn how to turn them off, and keep the tools handy
- Make sure your water heater is braced, anchored, or strapped in compliance with California law
- Learn how to manually open your home’s automatic garage door or gate when power is out
- Gather your loved ones periodically to review the family safety plan, including how you’ll address the needs of infants, the elderly, people with disabilities, and pets
Videos to Watch with Your Loved Ones
Remember, severe conditions can sometimes cause power lines to fall. Stay Aware. Stay Safe. Share these tips and videos with your family and friends.
- Do not approach or touch any downed wire or any person or object in contact with it.
- Do not touch or step in water near a downed wire, as it can be electrified
- Stay away. Call 911 immediately.
Safety Around Downed Wires
Vehicle Contact with Electrical Wires
Electrical Wires & Water