The Mid-West region and climate makes the area
susceptible to tornadoes, flooding and potentially earthquakes, which
might result in the interruption of critical services such as power,
water and communications. You can minimize the impact of service
interruptions by storing enough supplies to be self sufficient for three
to five days without services.
72 Hour Family Disaster Kit:
- A 72 Hour water supply (1 gallon per person per
- Ready to eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables.
- Canned juices, milk, soup, sugar, salt & pepper.
- High energy foods, peanut butter, trail mix,
- Prescribed Medications.
- Vitamins and Supplements.
- First-aid kit with non prescription drugs such
as, aspirin, anti-diarrhea medication, antacid, laxatives.
- Paper plates with plastic utensils and cups.
- Emergency preparedness manual.
- Battery operated radio ad extra batteries.
- Flashlight, extra bulb, & extra batteries.
- Non-electric can opener.
- utility knife.
- Tool kit.
- Fire Extinguisher (ABC type).
- Matches in a waterproof container, plastic
- Needles & thread.
- A map of the area for finding shelters.
- Soap, liquid detergent, household bleach,
disinfectant, plastic garbage bags.
- Plastic sheeting, duct tape and scissors for
sheltering in place
- Several Plastic bucket with a tight lid.
- Personal hygiene supplies, toilet paper,
- Sturdy shoes or work boots.
- Rain gear, hat & gloves, thermal underwear,
- Blankets or sleeping bags.
- Plastic Whistle.
- Baby items, formula, diapers, bottles, powdered
- Adult items, Feminine hygiene products, denture
- Contact lenses, lens solution, and extra eye
- Important documents – Keep these records in a
• Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks & bonds.
• Passports, social security cards, immunization & other
• Doctors name, address & phone numbers. Other important
• Bank account numbers, credit card account numbers. Cash,
• Photographs, inventory of valuable household goods.
• Family records including birth, marriage & death
AFTER A DISASTER HAPPENS:
Listen to your battery-powered radio or TV,
especially for news at the top of each hour, to find out when the
power might be restored.
Unplug some of your major appliances. When the power comes back on,
all of those appliances can create a drain
or power surge. This can harm sensitive equipment. To avoid a power
surge when the electricity returns, turn off computers, TVs, stereos
and other unnecessary electronic equipment at the power source.
Leave a light on so you'll know when the power is restored.
If you have a generator, do not connect it to your home's power
system unless it has been properly installed and disconnects you
from the main power grid when it is operating. If you do not
disconnect from the power grid, you can be sending electricity back
down the lines; not just to your home. That could be deadly for
power company workers.
If you have a regular wood stove or fireplace, you can use it for
heat. However, DO NOT USE kerosene heaters, BBQs, or any outdoor
type heater inside. Such devices create poisonous gases such as
carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas
given off by combustion and could kill.
Check on your elderly neighbors or those who may have medical
conditions or use medical machinery that operates on electricity.
If you have to go out, remember that traffic signals may be out
during a power outage. Consider each intersection to be a four-way
Make sure you have vehicles fueled, enough cash
on hand, and have an adequate stock of all prescribed medications.
Have working battery operated radios and flashlights, and be aware that
ice events may limit cell phone use due
to downed cell phone towers.
You are encouraged to stay in your home and not travel unless it is an
If you must travel, you should drive carefully and stay away from downed
or low hanging power lines. All downed power lines should be reported to
local utility companies, not 911.
911 Phone Lines should only be used for bonafide emergencies.
You are encouraged to make sure you know where your family members are
at all times and check on neighbors, especially shut-ins who may be
without heat in this emergency.
You should be aware of potential carbon monoxide hazards when
alternative heat sources are used. You should not use camping stoves or
charcoal grills indoors, and emergency generators should be checked for
proper operation and adequate fuel supplies should be on hand for
potential long term use. Proper fireplace use should also be practiced,
since blowing and drifting snow may cause chimneys to become blocked.
Should power outages occur, you should check to see that all appliances
are off and there are no unusual natural gas smells around stoves,
furnaces and water heaters. If a gas leak is suspected, you should leave
your home and call 911 immediately.
Disaster Public Education Web Sites
You can broaden your
knowledge of disaster preparedness by reviewing information provided at
various government and non-government Web sites. Provided below is a
list of sites. Searches conducted from each home site's page results in
the most current and extensive list of available material for the site.
Basic Winter Survival Kit For
Blankets, Warm Clothes, Knife or Multi-Tool, First-Aid Kit, Booster
Cables, ABC Fire Extinguisher, Shovel, Flashlight with extra bulb and
batteries, Food Bars, Matches or Lighter and a Metal Cup (to melt snow
for drinking), Ice Scraper, Ice Melt, Sand or Cat Litter.
Basic Winter Survival Kit For Home:
Battery Powered Radio and extra batteries, First-Aid Kit,
Flashlight, Extra Batteries, Shovel, Ice Melt, ABC Fire Extinguisher,
No-cooking Required Foods, Manual Can Opener, Extra Prescribed
Medications, Matches or Lighter and Know How To Drain Water Pipes.
Good health habits like covering your
cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and
prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral
drugs that can be used to treat the flu.
1. Avoid Close Contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep
your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
2. Stay Home When You Are Sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, public gatherings, and errands
when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your
illness. If someone in your family has been diagnosed with Swine flu,
you should consider keeping the entire family at home until the illness
has passed (7 to 10 days following the onset of the last person's
3. Cover Your Mouth & Nose
Cover your mouth & nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may
prevent others from getting sick.
4.Clean Your Hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or
sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
5. Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose or Mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is
contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or
6. Practice Other Good Health Habits.
Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink
plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
7. If You Have a Fever
A high fever (100.5 degrees or higher) along with the normal signs and
symptoms of any flu may be a sign of Swine Flu and should be taken
seriously. Contact your physician and take other precautions as listed
8. If you Are Not Sick, Don't Go To The Emergency Room
Going to the doctor or emergency room before you are sick will not
prevent you from getting sick and may cause delays in treating those who
9. For Further Information, Go to these Websites
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Having a personal support network can help
everyone survive a disaster. This is especially true for the elderly,
disabled and those with special needs. Create a network of trusted
individuals, such as family, friends, co-workers, personal attendants,
etc. who can assist you during an emergency. Set up this network at
important locations (e.g. home, work, school) making sure you have at
least three people at each place. These individuals should take part in
your planning and be familiar with your functional abilities and
limitations. Establishing a solid relationship with other people is one
of the most effective means of surviving a disaster.
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