Before the Storm
Power Outage Preparation & Emergency Go Kits
Although every storm threat is different it is important to determine whether you will shelter in-place (at your own home or with a friend of family member) or whether you will evacuate. Make this part of your plan, so that you can secure your home and the items that you need prior to a threat impacting our area:
Basic Emergency Supply Kit
Your emergency supply kit should contain 3 to 14 days supply of the following items:
- Battery operated radio - A NOAA weather radio is also recommended.
- Blankets, pillows, etc.
- Cash, small bills are preferable. Credit Cards, Banks and ATM use may not be available for extended periods after the storm
- Drinking water, at least 1 gallon daily per person
- Especially if you plan to evacuate to a public shelter
- Extra Keys
- First aid kit/medicines/prescription drugs
- Flashlights and batteries
- Important Documents - In a waterproof container of water-tight re-sealable plastic bag. Suggested documents include:
- Bank account numbers
- Birth certificates
- Insurance certificates
- Medical records
- Proof of city residence
- Social Security Cards
- Nonperishable food
- Pet care
- Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash.
- Crate or pet carrier. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.
- Familiar items. Familiar items, such as treats, toys and bedding can help reduce stress for your pet.
- Food. At least a three day supply in an airtight, waterproof container.
- Medicines and medical records.
- Pet first aid kit
- A picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you.
- Sanitation. Pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach.
- Water. At least three days of water specifically for your pets.
- Rain gear, special items for babies and the elderly
- Telephones, a traditional telephone with cord and if possible, a fully charged cell phone with extra battery or a car charger
- Toiletries hygiene items/moisture wipes
- Tools, keep a set with you during the storm
- Toys, books and games
- Vehicle fuel tanks filled