Prepare Your Family To protect your family during a public health emergency, it is wise to have an Emergency Supply Kit prepared and in a safe place. Ideally, you need two kits, each stored in a water tight container. Keep one in your basement and the other in the trunk of your car. Your kits should include:
A battery-powered radio and flashlight
First aid kit, including mild pain relievers and antiseptic
Bottled drinking water – a three day supply
Additional beverages including fruit and vegetable juice, soda, sports drinks
Canned food and a can opener
Other non-perishable foods that require no refrigeration
Salt and baking soda
Sleeping bag, pillow, and blanket for each family member
Paper and pencil to write information
Small tool set
Soap and towels
Toilet paper and paper towels
Extra set of car keys, credit card, cash on hand
Change of clothing and shoes per person
Medicine prescribed for family members
Additional supplies to have on hand include:
Paper plates and cups
Needle and threat
Extra eye glasses
A cooler and freezer packs
Be Alert Since the terrorist attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001, emergency preparedness has taken on a new meaning. Consider the following safety tip suggestions:
Know Your Surroundings
Be alert and aware of your surroundings. The very nature of terrorism suggest there may be little or no warning.
Be careful when traveling. Be aware of unusual behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do not leave luggage unattended.
Learn where emergency exits are located. Think ahead about how to evacuate a building, subway, or congested public area in a hurry. Learn where staircases are located.
Notice your immediate surroundings. Be aware of heavy or breakable objects that could move, fall, or break in an explosion.
Characteristics of suspicious letters and packages: