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Disaster Readiness Checklist

Go Bag Ready

  • Clothes
  • Medications/list of medications
  • Pet food/list of medications
  • Cell phone charger cord
  • Extra set of keys to autos/storage units/RV's
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Sanitizer/hand wipes, N95 mask
  • Original documents (passsports, birth certificates, etc.)

Car Ready

  • Maintain gas level in your car
    (recommend maintaining at least half tank)
  • Know how to manually release your garage door and open it if power is out.
  • Keep car keys, wallet, purse, and go bag easily accessible to grab quickly in the event of an evacuation.
  • Know your evacuation routes out of the neighborhoods.

Evacuation Ready

  • Households/families: designate a safe meeting spot away from the house during an evacuation in case of separation.
  • Map out evacuation routes.
  • Identify an out-of-town friend or relative as your “emergency family check-in contact” for everyone to call if the family gets separated. Make sure all family members have the correct phone numbers. It is often easier to call out-of-town during an emergency than within the affected area.
  • Install a lockbox with an extra house key. This will allow a trusted neighbor to access your home if you are away and have pets or seniors in the house that might need assistance.

Digital Ready

  • At least once a year, take photos or videos of your home, garage, closets, landscaping. (Open drawers and cabinets. Store pictures/video in the cloud for future inventory records).
  • Back up pictures to cloud.
  • Keep cell phone batteries charged.
  • Store critical documents in the cloud. Back up computer/laptop contents to the cloud.
  • Extra set of keys to autos/storage units/RV's
  • Ensure contacts are backed up to the cloud on a routine basis. (Contact cell service for instructions).

House Ready

  • Pick safe places in each room of your home to go in case of an earthquake. A safe place could be under a sturdy table wall away from windows, bookcases or tall furniture that could fall on you.
  • Purchase a battery powered hand-crank radio.
  • Keep a flashlight and low-heeled shoes by each person’s bed.
  • Don’t hang heavy items near beds, couches, or anywhere people sleep or sit.
  • Bolt or latch cabinets/shelving/high hanging TVs.
  • Locate and learn how to turn off gas with a wrench. Keep a wrench nearby.
  • Store enough shelf stable food and water for 3-7 days per person. One gallon per person per day is recommended. Update/cycle through so that stored food is not expired.
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