Emergency Preparedness

  • Have an emergency kit prepared:

    • Water- one gallon per person, per day.​

    • Food- non-perishables that are easy to make

    • Manual can opener

    • Basic utensils to prepare and serve meals

    • Health supplies

      • 3-day supply of all medicines, at a minimum​

      • Medical supplies (syringes, walking cane, or hearing aids, etc.)

    • Personal care items

      • soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, contact lenses or glasses​

    • Safety supplies: first aid kit, blanket, multipurpose tool, whistle

    • Electronics: flashlight, radio, cell phone with chargers, extra batteries

    • Copies of important documents such as insurance cards and immunization records

    • Paperwork of serious or on-going medical conditions

    • Extra cash

  • Make a family communication plan

    • Choose an emergency contact​

    • Complete a contact card for each family member

    • Know telephone numbers

A disaster is a sudden event or natural catastrophe that causes great damage or loss of life.

Some examples include hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, or floods.

What is a disaster?

Make sure your family is prepared!

Make sure your pets are prepared too!

Before a disaster:

  • Not all shelters accept pets. Be sure to plan in advance for shelter options for both you and pets. 

  • Develop a buddy system with neighbors or friends so that someone will be able to care for your pets if you are unable to do so. 

  • Assemble and emergency kit for your pet:

    • Food and water for at least three days.​

    • Medicines, medical records, and first AID kit

    • Collar with ID tag, harness, or leash.

    • Crate or pet carrier

    • Picture of you and pet together

    • Important documents ie. registration and vaccinations

    • Familiar items: favorite toys, treats, bedding

    • Plastic bags for clean-up after pet.

  • During a disaster:

    • Bring pets inside immediately

    • Separate dogs and cats, anxiety may affect their behavior.

    • Feed them moist or canned food so they will need less water to drink.

    • Have extra newspapers for sanitary reasons.

© 2016 by Maryland Life Safety Information Exchange.

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