Disaster Preparedness Checklist

  1. Do you have emergency numbers posted by the phone?
  2. Do you have an emergency meeting place outside your home?  If family members are separated while evacuating your home, where do you meet?
  3. Do you have an out of state and a local relative or friend for family members to call if separated during a disaster?
  4. Do you have enough water for each family member and pet for at least 3 days?  You should have one gallon of water per person per day, stored in factory sealed containers. Rotate your supply of water regularly and use before the expiration date. 
  5. Do you have a supply of food which requires no refrigeration or cooking? Try to include items which have vitamins, minerals and protein. Fortified cereals are a good source of this. Rotate your supply of food to keep it fresh. Be sure you have a manual can opener as well. 
  6. Do you have a water-free method for washing your hands? Wipes such as baby wipes are the best for this, followed by alcohol hand sanitizers. 
  7. Do you have a battery operated radio and extra fresh batteries? 
  8. Do you have a flashlight, batteries, candles, matches, etc. to provide a source of light?
  9. Do you have a first aid kit to treat minor injuries? Are your routine medications readily available?
  10. Are your important documents stored in a waterproof and fireproof container?
  11. Do you have a plan for your pets?
This checklist is a good place to start. Think about other items which may be important to your family. For further information on disaster preparedness, check out the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org.

Denise Viker, RN
Parish Nurse
480-730-8600 ext. 122