Are You Prepared for a Natural Disaster?
Whether it's Hurricane Sandy or another natural disaster, it's always comforting to know you're prepared for whatever comes your way. Here, you will find a guide, courtesy of the Delaware County Department of Emergency Services.
Have a Plan
Consider each person your plan will cover and what specific needs they have, be it medical or otherwise.
Pets are not normally allowed in public shelters
Plan in advance where you can take your pet in the case of evacuation.
Don’t forget pet medication, food and water
Keep in stock enough food to last you a minimum of three days. Store emergency supplies in airtight containers. Keep these supplies in cool, dry places.
You'll need 1 gallon of water per day per person. Stored water should be changed every 6 months.
Rotate stored food supply so that your emergency supply stays fresh
Stock foods that need no refrigeration or cooking
Store foods that need little or not water to prepare such as:
Canned or ready to eat meats, fruits vegetables
Canned milk & juices
High energy foods such as peanut butter, granola bars or crackers
Other Emergency Supplies
Manual can opener – (non-electric)
Cups, plates, utensils
Flashlight and extra batteries – rotate batteries regularly
Radio – battery powered and extra batteries
Pliers and shut off wrench - to shut off water and gas lines
Needles and thread
Compass and local map
Paper, pens and pencils
Blankets and/or sleeping bags
Changes of clothes for everyone
Sturdy shoes or boots – no sandals
Warm coats, gloves, hats
First Aid Kit** (see below for list of contents for basic fist aid kit)
Board games, playing cards
Elastic Bandages (sprained ankles, etc)
Aspirin and Non-aspirin pain relievers
Antihistamine and decongestant tablets
Thermometer – mercury free
Scissors, tweezers and safety pins
Iodine or hydrogen peroxide
Bite and sting ointment
Listing of family members medical conditions, allergies and medications
Soap and hand sanitizer
Toilet paper and paper towels
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Shampoo and deodorant
In the event of an evacuation, ATMs are sometimes shut down. Prepare with some extra cash on hand.