Emergencies can be sudden and unexpected, and not every disaster shows up in the weather forecast. There’s no better time to prepare for an emergency than now. Read our three steps for getting your family ready for (almost) any emergency in three easy steps, courtesy of Ready Virginia:
- Get a Kit.
Have basic supplies on hand. If could take days for help to arrive if businesses close, fallen trees block roads, and power goes out in your area. You should have supplies to last at least three days, including:
- Three gallons of water per person.
- Canned or packaged food.
- Battery powered radio.
- First aid kid.
- Manual can opener.
- Extra batteries.
- Blankets or sleeping bags.
- Prescription medications.
- Special items for infant, elderly, or disabled members of the household.
- Make a plan.
Know how to contact loved ones. Discuss with your family the types of hazards and threats in your area and what to do in each case. Talk to school officials to learn how they will notify you of your child’s status in an emergency. And know where you would go if you had to evacuate your area and where you could take your pets.
- Decide on a meeting place in case you cannot return home.
- Choose an out-of-town friend or relative as a point of contact.
- Keep important phone numbers with you at all times.
- Stay informed.
Listen to local, up-to-date information. You should listen for information before, during, and after a disaster. The local media will provide:
- Any orders to evacuate.
- Details about evacuation routes.
- Locations of evacuation shelters.
- How to safely stay where you are.
- Where to find financial or medical help.
- Weather watches and warnings.
Make sure that your battery-powered radio is working and that you have extra batteries in case the electricity goes out.
Get everyone in your household involved in emergency planning. If you need help, the Ready Virginia website has preparedness information for families, businesses, pets, and those with special needs.