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Assembling An Emergency Kit

Assembling an Emergency Kit

An Emergency Kit is designed to meet your family's basic needs both during and immediately after a disaster. The container you chose for your kit should be portable and stored near an exit door. Your kit should contain enough supplies to support your family and pets for 5 - 7 days.

Food for 5-7 days
Matches in a waterproof container
Water for 5-7 days (1 gallon per person, per day)
Manual can opener
Extra clothing and sturdy shoes
Battery operated radio or television (with extra batteries)
Blankets and bedding
Flashlight with extra batteries
Kitchen and cooking utensils
First aid kit and manual
Sanitation and hygiene items (hand sanitizer, moist towelettes, plastic garbage bags and ties, toilet paper)
Cash and coins (low denominations)
Photocopies of identification and important documents
Pet Food and supplies
Inclement weather needs

For a printable, detailed version of this checklist click here. (You will need Adobe Reader.)

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Developing a Family Plan

Your family members may not be together when disaster hits. It is important to develop a plan ahead of time so that you know how to get in touch with each other and where to meet.

TEXT MESSAGING: Phone lines (both cellular and land line) are almost always overwhelmed immediately after a significant event occurs. Because a text message is comprised of small data bits and it does not require a connection by the recipient in order to be sent it is much more likely to get through than a voice-to-voice call. It's not fail-safe, but it is an excellent option.
OUT OF STATE CONTACT: Although the local phone service may be overwhelmed in the effected area, it may be possible for you to reach reach someone out of state. Designate an out-of-state friend or relative as your family's emergency contact. Each family member will then call this person after an emergency to check-in and let them know where they are.

CHINO NOTIFY: Chino residents and businesses are encouraged to register for Code Red, a mass notification system. Chino Notify is a system that will be used to contact the public with emergency information and community alerts. Click here to register for Chino Notify.

MEETING PLACES/EVACUATION SITES If you are separated from your family members at the time a disaster hits, identify meeting places where you can reunite. Also find out the location of the nearest pre-designated emergency shelter in your area.
PHONE NUMBERS, ADDRESSES AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION Having all of your contact information in one place and easily accessible is important. Because we are so dependent on cell phones for our contact information, make sure you have printed phone lists in your kit as well. Copies of insurance paperwork, identification, property information, etc. should also be a part of your emergency kit.
UTILITY SHUT-OFFS Do your family members know how to shut-off your home utilities after a disaster? Do they have the tools they need to do so? Turning off the gas at your residence should NOT be automatic after an earthquake. It should only be if you suspect there is a gas leak. But, make sure your family knows how to shut off all utilities should they need to after a disaster.
PLAN FOR YOUR PETS Don't forget about planning for your pets when you create your family plan. Make sure you have an emergency kit for your pet (food, water, bowls, leash, extra ID tag, photos, litter, toys, treats). Make arrangements ahead of time as to how you will care for your pet if you are displaced from your home.
PRACTICE THE PLAN Make sure that every family member is familiar with your plan. Consider different emergency scenarios and how each member will respond.

Use this form to assist you in developing your Family's Communication Plan.

Department of Homeland Security Family Communication Plan

(You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this form.)


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