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Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed.
When disaster hits, your family needs to be ready. A disaster may require sheltering-in- place at home or evacuating to an emergency shelter or other form of temporary housing. Use these resources from www.Ready.gov to make your kit, build your plan and be informed.
Get A Kit

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days.

The following items are recommended for a basic emergency supply kit:
  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Click here to learn about additional items to consider adding to an emergency supply kit.
Print a kit supply list

Make a Plan
  • Before an emergency happens, sit down together as a family and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supply kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster.

  • It’s important to reassess your situation. Your emergency plan needs to grow and change just as your life changes. Has an elderly parent moved into your home? Is someone in your family temporarily disabled due to recent surgery or accident? Learn more about special needs in the time of disaster.
    • Individuals with Access & Functional Needs
    • Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies
Be Informed
  • Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as making an emergency supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency. However, there are important differences among potential emergencies that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. Learn more about the potential emergencies that could happen in Ohio.

    • Biological Threats
    • Blackouts
    • Chemical Threats
    • Explosions
    • Extreme Heat
    • Fires
    • Floods
    • Pandemic
    • Nuclear Threat
    • Radiation Threat
    • Thunderstorms
    • Tornados
    • Winter Weather
At-Risk Populations

As you prepare for an emergency, consider all the strategies, services, devices, tools and techniques you use to live with a disability on a daily basis. Keep in mind that you may need medications, durable medical equipment, consumable medical supplies, your service animal, assistive technology, communications tools, disability service providers, accessible housing, transportation and health-related items.

Print and fill out this Emergency Planning Kit for Ohioans who have daily functioning needs. You can use it for when you need to take shelter at home or when you have to travel to a shelter location.
For further details go here

More Information

From the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness at www.fema.gov/areyouready

From the Red Cross:
Disaster Services at www.redcross.org

From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security:
Be Ready at http://ready.gov/