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Once again this month, as throughout 2017, we’re leaning on the Do1Thing website for our content and our action steps as we talk about ways to plan for power outages during and following a disaster.

Week 4:

Create an emergency kit for your workplace and car

By Darrell Dorr
November 22, 2017

Disasters can strike when you are away from home. If your office or school does not have an emergency kit, offer to help make one. The kit should include:

  • First aid supplies
  • Flashlights or light sticks
  • Building emergency procedures
  • Building maps showing evacuation and shelter areas
  • Pens or pencils
  • Signs with the words “Need Help” and “All Clear”
  • Clipboard with class/staff names

Also make or buy an emergency kit for your car. Some items to think about for your car kit: a small first aid kit, flashlight or light sticks, flares or reflective cones, a blanket, cell phone charger, jumper cables, bottled water, non-perishable snacks, and a “Help” flag or brightly colored cloth that can be tied to the antenna.

Week 3: Prepare a "go bag" for your pets

By Darrell Dorr
November 15, 2017

Last week we focused on having a "go bag" for your household, but your pets need a "go bag" too.

Your bag should include:

  • Pet food & water
  • Collar with ID tags
  • Pet medication(s)
  • Pet carriers and leashes
  • Medical records from vet
  • Photos of your pet
  • Microchip information

Week 2: Prepare a "go bag" for your household

By Darrell Dorr
November 8, 2017

Have a “go bag” ready if you have to shelter in place or evacuate your home. Your go bag can be part of your emergency kit; just make sure it is in a bag or easy-to-carry container and that it is easy to get to.

Think about these items for your go bag:

• Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
• Flashlight with extra batteries
• Lightweight blankets
• Emergency information, including insurance policies
• A list of current medications and correct dosage, and doctor’s names
• Personal items such as toothbrushes, soap, extra glasses, etc.
• Whistle
• First aid kit
• Change of clothing
• Non-perishable snacks
• Books, cards or magazines to pass the time

Consider these additional items for infants and children:

• Baby formula and food
• Diapers
• Baby wipes
• Blanket or toy

Consider these additional items for medical conditions:

• Empty pill bottle(s) or a list of current medications
• Your doctor’s phone number


Week 1:  Emergency supplies overview

By Darrell Dorr

November 2, 2017

Any emergency is easier to handle when you have prepared ahead of time. Put together an emergency kit with important items to keep at home, and a “go bag” with items you will need to take with you if you evacuate. Think about what you and your family would need in a disaster. You can make kits for your home, car or workplace. Emergencies can happen anywhere.

When severe weather is predicted, make sure your car has a full tank of gas. You don’t want to wait in line for gas if you are told to evacuate. Some storms may also knock out electricity, causing gas stations to close.

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