Your Personal & Family Preparation Checklist

Be PREPARED and EMPOWERED in the event of a disaster


Psychic2020  Your Home
  • Do you own a fire extinguisher?
  • Do all family members know how to operate a fire extinguisher?
  • Test smoke detectors
  • Written directions on how to shut off the water, electricity and gas
Psychic2020  Identification
  • Are family members carrying identification with them that includes how and whom to contact in an emergency?
  • Make copies of family driver licenses, identification, and Social Security cards and keep in a secure place
Psychic2020  Communications
  • Where other family members will be?
  • How you will locate each other?
  • How will you learn if your children are safe?
  • Have a phone number for a friend or relative that lives in another city for family members to contact
  • Place emergency numbers by the telephone
  • Teach children their address and phone number
  • Teach your young child how to dial 911 in case of an emergency
  • Have a family emergency drill
  • Decide how family pets will be cared for
  • Take a CPR class
Psychic2020  Clothing
  • Have protective clothing available that will protect the skin
  • Have a sturdy pair of shoes
  • Rainwear
Psychic2020  Other Essential Items
  • Have a working flashlight and know where it is kept
  • Have extra batteries available
  • Battery powered radio
  • Bedding or sleeping bag
Psychic2020  Your Transportation
  • Have extra car keys made and kept in a safe place
  • Extra set of clothing and bedding for each person in trunk of car
Psychic2020  Food
  • At least 3 gallons of bottled water available per person
  • A minimum of a three-day supply of food not requiring advance preparation, cooking, or water.
  • Foods such as: peanut butter, trail mix, tuna or canned meats with popup tops, jelly, crackers, milk
  • Canned juices
  • Canned milk
  • Staples such as sugar, salt, and pepper
Psychic2020  Medical
  • Have an Emergency First Aid kit
  • Needed prescriptions
  • Have a protective face mask available in case of breathing problems from air particles. Recommendation is a N100 or P100 mask
  • Gas masks only protect if wearing it at the precise time of a terrorist attack
  • To provide successful protection, the masks need to be specifically fitted for wearing and instruction should be provided on the use
  • If gas masks are worn improperly, damage can occur
  • Special items for infants, elderly, and disabled family members
Psychic2020  Legal
  • Make sure family members know where important documents are kept such as insurance papers and wills.
  • Make sure wills are up to date
  • Designate a relative or friend to have authorized signature authority on bank accounts