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Is Your Family Prepared for an Emergency?
Public Safety: It’s Important to Be Prepared
An emergency can happen at any time. You can help your family be prepared for any emergency situation with a safety preparedness plan, some basic supplies, and advance planning. Whether a storm, an earthquake, a fire, or a flood comes our way, preparedness will help everyone cope better and stay safer.
Supply Kit: What You Need
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
- 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
For additional information about emergency preparedness, visit ready.gov.