|you store in your kit so you can rotate them out and use them before they go bad. Food, first aid supplies, personal hygiene supplies and batteries all need to be checked. At a minimum, kits should be checked the same time every year. Consider storing batteries with, but not in, your flashlights or radios so it’s easier to check the dates AND so they don’t destroy the device if they corrode.
What are the most important documents to have in an emergency and how do we need to store those documents?
I keep an updated copy of the following documents in a zip top bag inside my plastic Emergency Kit bin:
- personal identification (photo id, social security number) for EVERY family member,
- insurance policy numbers along with contact names and phone numbers,
- important contacts (phone, email and address) – remember cell phone batteries will eventually die
- medical records for any special conditions and a list of prescriptions including prescribing pharmacist information, doctor’s name and dosing information.
- recent vaccination records for your pets in order to shelter them or take them to pet-friendly hotels.
What are unrealistic items to store for emergencies
Don’t store food that will require water or long cook time. Remember that you need to store the water and fuel source you need for any preparation, so it’s recommended that food is ready to eat. Even if you have grills or camping supplies, you may not be able to cook outside because of bad weather. Open flames such as for candles, grills or a fireplace should be avoided if there is ANY chance of a gas leak (structure damage, compromised utilities, etc)!
What are some of the agencies to find out more information regarding emergency preparedness?
The best place to start is www.ready.gov which offers a step by step plan in addition to Emergency Supply Lists for different audiences. Some great local resources offered online include: www.readync.organd www.readywake.com
Information provided by Sonia Estroff, firstname.lastname@example.org, active member of Cary Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) since 2007. CERT is a training program under FEMA that prepares citizens like you to help yourself, your family, your neighbors and therefore, your community in the event of a disaster. The Cary team is an organized group of volunteers that reports through the Cary Fire Department. Sonia has coordinated a variety of community events and also teaches “Are You Prepared?” classes through Cary’s Park and Recreation Department. The next scheduled “Are You Prepared?” class (#69195) will be Sept. 19, 9:30-11:30 am at Cary’s Senior Center for anyone 55 or older. Registration is required through Cary’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. Click here. to register. For more information about Cary CERT, go to www.citizencorps.gov/cert/ orwww.carycert.org. For for a listing of all registered programs in NC, go to http://ncemcert.weebly.com/.