Be Prepared for Emergencies

Sep 03, 2018

September 2018 is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency within the Department of Homeland Security, National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. National Preparedness Month reminds us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This September is focused on the theme: Disaster happens. Prepare Now. Learn How.

We do this by following some simple life-saving steps:


The Centers for Disease and Prevention recommends an emergency kit in your house.  Below are a few items they recommend for your kit. For a full list, visit the CDC Preparedness and Response web page.

Water – 1 gallon per person, per day (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home);

Food – stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home), and a can opener;

Battery-powered or hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio if possible);

Medications (seven-day supply). This includes prescription and non-prescription meds;

Flashlight with extra batteries;

First aid kit/supplies;

Multipurpose tool, extra cash, maps of the area, extra set of keys;

Sanitation and hygiene – household bleach, soap, towels, etc.;

Cell phone with charger;

Clothing and bedding – a change of clothes for each family member and blankets;

Important documents – copies of your driver’s license, passport, insurance cards and birth certificate, to name a few.


Once you have your kit, the CDC recommends you sit down with your family and develop an emergency plan.  You can implement this plan if there is a flood, hurricane or any other emergency.

Identify your emergency contacts. Make a list of local contacts such as police and fire department, as well as contact information for family members. Memorize numbers or keep information with each family member at all times.

Make sure all family members know how to text. If phone services are busy, often times, texts go through.

Plan your evacuation route and practice it.

Identify the types of emergencies that are possible in your area.

Pick a meeting place for your family to regroup in case your town evacuates. Choose a place right outside your home for sudden emergencies and one place outside your neighborhood in case you are unable to return home right away.

Be familiar with your town’s plans for evacuation and know alternate routes of travel.


• Learn how to get local emergency alerts.

• Know your community’s warning signals.

•  Visit websites for updated information.

To learn more about how you can prepare for and stay safe during an emergency, visit: Other resource sites: and

The Long Beach Island Health Department reminds you to Prepare, Plan and Stay Informed.

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