Emergency Preparedness

Create a Family Plan

  • Identify the emergency types your family may face
  • Designate places your family can meet - at your residence, in your community and beyond
  • Designate a point of contact for family members to call if they become separated
  • Keep an updated list of all emergency contact numbers for your family and your municipality
  • Don't forget to include a plan for your pets, if you have any
  • Review your insurance coverage
  • Document your possessions; use pictures, video and lists - whatever works for you
  • Gather all important family documents and store them in a waterproof container
  • Every six months, replace the water, food and batteries in your emergency kit
  • Talk to your physician or pharmacist about the quantity and storage of prescription medications

Prepare an Emergency Kit

Don't wait for a storm to hit before you stock up on emergency supplies and regularly check the status of your supplies to ensure their usability.

  • Nonperishable food, non-electric can opener, plastic utensils, paper plates
  • Water - one gallon per person per day for five days for cooking and drinking purposes
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Extra clothing and sturdy shoes
  • Personal hygiene items
  • First aid kit, nonprescription medications, whistle, utility knife, plastic sheathing
  • Tool kit with assorted screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, hammer, etc.
  • Flashlights, radio, extra batteries
  • Cash, travelers checks
  • Special items for infants and elderly
  • Liquid soap, bleach, disinfectant, plastic bucket with lid
  • Good supply of plastic bags in various sizes
  • Toys, books, games
  • Duplicates of insurance pictures or videos in safe deposit box somewhere else
  • Wood or coal for heat (if appropriate)
  • Pet food (if appropriate)

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Please visit the Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency for additional information and resources.