Disaster Preparedness Checklist
Whether you are preparing for a winter storm, fire, flood, or tornado you need to put together a disaster preparedness checklist to give your family the best chance of survival. We have taken the recommendations from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Red Cross (ARC) and the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) and have developed the checklist below.
Most agencies are recommending that you prepare your family to be self-sufficient for three day to a week before services can be completely restored after a major disaster...
Water: Store one gallon per person per day. Two quarts for drinking and two quarts for cooking.
Food: Have enough non-perishable food on hand for your family to survive on for three days to one week. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. Select foods that are compact and can be stored for long periods of time.
First Aid: Assemble a first aid kit for your home and for each car.
Important Documents Checklist
It is sensible to have all your family documents organized during the best of times; in certain times, you'll want to make it a priority. Use this checklist to assemble your documents and make sure they're all up-to-date. You may want to keep some documents in a safe deposit box, fire-proof safe or other secure location. If so, keep copies handy for easy access and take them with you in the even of a disaster.
Entertainment; Games & Books.
Banking; Keep and adequate amount of cash on hand to last your family for up to a week.
Communications; Telephone lines may still be operational even if the power goes out. There is a possibility that portable phones will not work with out electricity, therefore, keep one non-portable phone in your home for emergency situations. Cellular and Digital phone systems may be operational even without electricity. Make sure you have fully charged backup batteries available. Plan for the situation that all telephones will not be working in the event of a major disaster.
Pets; Be sure to have extra food and water for your pets in your preparedness plans.