September is National Preparedness Month - Photo of an Emergency Preparedness Kit in a Blue Container

National Preparedness Month Tips of the Day

There are a few simple steps you and your family can take to become better prepared for an emergency: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed and Get Involved. This September, during National Preparedness Month, please follow these "Tips of the Day" from the American Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help you and your family get started today!

9/14 Tip Of The Day - What's in YOUR kit?

One of the easiest ways you can prepare for emergencies is to keep some supplies readily available. Every kit is unique and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your family, but below is a general list of supplies you may want to consider:

  • Water, one gallon per person, per day for three days
  • Food for at least three days
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cash or traveler's checks, change
  • First-Aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Dust mask
  • Moist towlettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Shut-off wrench or pliers, to turn off household gas and water
  • Map of the area (for locating shelters and evacuation routes)
(More to follow tomorrow!) Department of Homeland Security