- Take an inventory of the contents of your home and take photos or videos of the exterior and interior. Keep them in a safe location off the premises.
- Talk with your family members and neighbors about how to reconnect, with contact numbers and a place to meet if you must evacuate or flee.
- Place copies of vital documents and records (like personal identification, bank statements, wills, prescriptions, Social Security and health insurance cards, and important phone numbers) in a weatherproof container that you can grab as you run out the door. You can use an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
- Buy a battery-operated radio and have flashlights with extra batteries easily accessible. Have other emergency supplies ready – a change of clothing, prescriptions, extra glasses, cash, water, food, blankets, whistle and face mask.
- Put an emergency checklist near the door to make sure you don't forget anything.
- If you are a caregiver of an older adult – help them prepare and think about medications that may require refrigeration. Insulin can be kept at room temperature for 30 days. For medications that must be kept cold, keep ice or frozen cold packs in the freezer and a small ice chest handy.
- Be sure you have enough medication on hand and consider putting a pill splitter and any other medical supplies like syringes in your emergency to-go bag.
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