emergency management

Emergency Management

Family Disaster Supplies Kit

Following a disaster, local officials and relief workers may not be able to reach everyone immediately. It may be hours or even days. Would your family be prepared to cope with the emergency until help arrives? By assembling a FAMILY DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT before disaster strikes, your family could endure an evacuation or home confinement.

Your kit should contain six basics: WATER, FOOD, FIRST AID KIT, TOOLS & SUPPLIES, CLOTHING & BEDDING and SPECIAL ITEMS. Store one gallon of water per person per day for a three day supply. Water should be stored in plastic containers and changed every six months. Store at least a three day supply of non-perishable food. Items should be ready-to-eat meats, fruits and vegetables, canned juices, high energy foods and foods for infants, elderly and for persons on special diets. Rotate your stored food every six months. Your kit should also contain a battery operated radio and flashlight with extra batteries, non-electric can opener, utility knife, fire extinguisher, matches, and personal hygiene items. At least one complete change of clothing and footwear, blankets and sleeping bag per person should also be included. Items for family members with special needs should also be included in your kit. Possible containers for your kit could be a duffel bag or a backpack. Once a year replace batteries and update clothing as needed. Meet with your neighbors. Plan how the neighborhood could work together after a disaster, assisting neighbors with special needs such as the elderly or disabled persons.

For more information on FAMILY DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT, contact the Seneca County Office of Emergency Management at (315) 539-1756 or the American Red Cross in the Finger Lakes at (315) 568-9436. Or e-mail us.