WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Previous storms throughout Georgia have caused extensive damage across the state. If you and your family were in the path of these disasters, you know the importance of planning and being prepared. Recovering from an emergency tomorrow often depends on organization and mitigation planning done today. While each person’s needs are unique, every individual can take steps to prepare for situations such as evacuation or sheltering-in-place. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan that fits those needs, you and your loved ones can be better prepared. Commonsense measures can prepare Georgians for emergencies before they happen.
Plan for 3 days to a week of crucial necessities for you, your family, and your pets.
Get a kit of emergency supplies to include:
- Medication, medical supplies, and a list of medications (dosage/treatment information)
- List of names and numbers of family members and personal contacts such as medical providers
- One gallon of water per person per day for drinking water and sanitation
- Non-perishable food and a can opener if kit contains canned food
- Battery-power or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First aid kit, towelettes and emergency whistle
- Plastic sheeting, dust mask, garbage bags, plastic ties, and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Appropriate clothing for the season along with a sleeping bag and/or blankets
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities (electric, water, and gas)
- Travel and local maps with evacuation routes
- Cash or travelers checks, since banks will be closed and ATMs may not be working
- Pet food, extra water and supplies for your pet or service animal
The reality of a disaster situation is that you will likely not have access to everyday conveniences or necessities. Stay informed and know what types of emergencies are likely to affect your community.
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