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Emergency Awareness

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Water & Food

  • One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation.
  • Children, nursing mothers, and sick people may need more water.
  • If you live in a warm weather climate more water may be necessary.
  • Store water tightly in clean plastic containers such as soft drink bottles.
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person.
  • Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water.
  • Pack a manual can opener and eating utensils.
  • Choose foods your family will eat such as ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables, protein or fruit bars, dry cereal or granola, peanut butter, dried fruit, nuts, crackers, canned juices, non-perishable pasteurized milk, high-energy foods, vitamins, food for infants, and comfort/stress foods.

Emergency Kits

  • First aid kit. Pack a "how to" guide as well.
  • Medications. Essential prescription, nonprescription items & medical information.
  • Battery-powered flashlight and radio (or crank radio),
    extra batteries and a 12-hour glow stick.
  • Clothing. A change of clothes, plus rainwear, sturdy shoes and protective gloves for everyone.
  • Personal items. Eye glasses, personal care items, & comfort items.
  • Important document copies in a waterproof container:
    • Drivers' licenses
    • Wills
    • Birth and marriage certificates
    • Insurance policies
    • Proof of residence (deed or lease)
    • Recent tax returns
    • Credit card & bank account numbers
    • Social Security cards
    • Passport numbers
    • Home inventory list
  • Items for infants, elderly, pets or loved ones with special needs

Pet Emergency Kit

  • Your pets' names
  • Your name, address, phone and cell number
  • Emergency contact - friend or family
  • Your veterinarian's name and contact information
  • Medical records and medications
  • Specific care instructions and behavioral problems
  • First aid kit
  • Current photos
  • Sturdy leash with collar or harness
  • Muzzles, if necessary
  • Paper towels for clean-up
  • Food (3 days supply) & manual can opener
  • Bottled water and water purification tablets
  • Bowls, toys and other comfort items
  • Treats, brushes, combs
  • Newspapers and plastic trash bags for handling waste
    Also have on hand, ready to go:
  • Secure carriers large enough for your pets to stand
    comfortably, turn around and lie down
  • Towels or blankets for bedding and warmth
  • Cat litter and litter box

Protecting Your Food

If it can be anticipated that the electricity will be off for more than a few hours, the following steps may be taken to protect your food from spoiling:

  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer closed. Generally safe temperatures will be maintained for 5-6 hours in the refrigerator and for 24 hours or more in the freezer.
  • If possible, use ice or dry ice to maintain safe temperatures. Look in the yellow pages under dry ice for sources and use gloves when handling it. Refrigeration trucks can be rented or space in refrigerator storage facilities can be leased.
  • Keep the food out of the sunlight and protect it from contamination and animals by placing it in suitable containers. If frozen food does defrost, cook it as soon as possible. Cooked food can then be refrozen.

Generators

  • The Village of Islandia has a limited availability of generators which is based on need.
  • Never run a generator inside your home, basement or attached garage.
  • Generators should only be operated outside, away from open windows. Carbon monoxide in the generator's fumes can build up in your home or areas not well ventilated and cause carbon monoxide poisoning, which can lead to death.
  • Do not exceed the rated capacity of your generator. Overloading your generator can damage it and any appliances connected to it. Fire may result. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Fuel spilled on a hot generator can cause an explosion. If your generator has a detachable fuel tank, remove it before refilling. If this is not possible, shut off the generator and let it cool before refilling.
  • Store gasoline away from the generator and not in your home. Keep gasoline in proper storage containers. Improper storage can cause explosions and fires.
  • Consult with a licensed electrician if you decide to connect a generator to your existing household wiring system and install recommended safety devices.
  • Notify your power company if you have a generator installed.
  • Keep children away from generators at all times.
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