Joey Jamison, district emergency management coordinator in the Office of Emergency Management at Hinds Community College, is publishing a series of blog posts with information about being prepared for emergencies.
In a previous blog post Be informed, he tells us not to leave preparation until we need it. What do we need to do?
BUILD A KIT.
Put together an Emergency Kit that includes enough supplies for at least three days. You and your family will be able to respond to an emergency more quickly, whether you have temporarily shelter-in-place, evacuate, or move to a shelter or designated safe haven. Ensure that every member of your family knows where the kit is located and is able to access it easily.
Build Your Emergency Kit!
Water: One gallon of H2O per person per day for drinking and hygiene. Minimum of three days is recommended for each family member and pet
Food: Nonperishable, high protein food. Include family favorites and comfort food
Health: Medicines, prescriptions, first aid kit, disinfectant and cleaning materials, trash bags
Individual Needs: Pet items, baby supplies, feminine hygiene
Important Family Documents: Financial documents, birth certificates, passports, cash, maps and family emergency plan; store in waterproof container
Communication Needs: Cell phones, hand-cranked or solar/battery-powered weather radio, cell phone and solar power chargers and extra batteries
Other Items: Waterproof LED Flashlight, multi-use tool, lighter, waterproof matches, rope, tarps, sleeping bags, folding shovel, survival saw, chemical lights (glow sticks)
MONTHLY SHOPPING LIST
- Waterproof bag or container for your kit items
- 1 gallon of water/person/day for at least three days
- Ready-to-eat, nonperishable, high protein food for a least three days
- Reusable plates, cups, utensils, saucepan, portable stove and paper towels (look in camping section)
Joey Jamison is district emergency management coordinator in the Office of Emergency Management at Hinds Community College.