Is Your Family Ready In Case of An Emergency?

Posted on March 15, 2011


Planning ahead for an emergency will give you peace of mind and can keep your family and friends safe. Local and state officials are preparing for a range of possible emergencies, from hurricanes and blizzards to a flu pandemic and acts of terrorism. You can help also, here are some simple steps you can take to prepare.


Family Communication Plan: Know how your family will contact each other and where you will meet.

  • Include meeting places outside your home and neighborhood

  • Include an out of state contact for family members to check in with

  • For each person in your home include name, cell phone, and medical information

  • Complete the list, and make copies for everyone in the house


Food and Water: Have a 3-Day food and water supply for each person in your home. Remember individual diet needs and plan for your pets

  • Bottled Water:

    • One gallon, per person, per day

  • Dry and Canned Foods:

    • Canned fruits, vegetables, and meats

    • Manual can opener

    • Juice Boxes, Canned Milk

    • Dried fruit, nuts, crackers, cereal bars

    • Baby Food and formula

    • Pet Food


First Aid and Tools: Have a first aid kit with health products and prescription medication.

  • Bandages, Gauze, Rubbing alcohol

  • Medical gloves and tape, scissors

  • Pain Reliever

  • Prescription Medicine

  • Soap, toilet paper, toothpaste


Evacuation Kit: Have supplies ready in your car or in a backpack in case you must leave home. Pack lightly and include basic supplies for 24 to 48 hours.

  • A change of clothing

  • Bottled Water and cereal bars

  • First Aid supplies

  • Prescription medicine


Don’t forget these important items:

  • Flashlights, battery powered radio

  • Extra batteries Important documents such as birth certificates and bank account numbers copied and stored in a waterproof bag or scanned and saved on a disk

  • Cash


Make sure to review your plans and supplies every six months with everyone in your home. Replace expired food, water, and medicine. Also update your communication plan. If you have any more questions regarding emergency preparedness call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050.

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