At Home
  • Put together emergency supply kits that you can grab and go.
  • It's also important to know how to turn off water, gas and electricity connections to your home in the event that your home is flooded. Contact your local utility companies for their help.
  • If you live in a flood-prone area, consider purchasing flood insurance. Standard homeowners insurance does not cover damages incurred by flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program.
In Your Vehicle
  • Driving through flood waters is extremely dangerous; more people are trapped and die in their vehicles than anywhere else during a flood.
  • It's important to be prepared and aware of potential hazards when you’re away from home.
  • For more tips on vehicles and flood waters, see NOAA's Flooding Safety Card, which can be printed and stored in the glove box. "Turn around don't drown!"™
At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:
  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
  • Flashlight.
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible).
  • Extra batteries.
  • First aid kit.
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items.
  • Multi-purpose tool.
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies).
  • Cell phone with chargers.
  • Family and emergency contact information.
  • Extra cash.
  • Emergency blanket.
  • Map(s) of the area.
Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:
  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc).
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers).
  • Games and activities for children.
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl).
  • Two-way radios.
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys.
  • Manual can opener.
  • With your family or household members, discuss how to prepare and respond to the types of emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.
  • Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and how you will work together as a team.
  • Practice as many elements of your plan as possible.

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