This past month the Town of Huntington hosted a Preparedness Training Course given by Governor Cuomo’s Office and Homeland Security & Emergency Services. We, as families, and as a community cannot prevent emergencies, but there are some simple things we can do to be better prepared! An emergency can be a natural disaster such as a flood or winter storm, a power outage or a terrorist act.
Two actions that you can take to become better prepared to protect yourself and your family are to develop an emergency plan, and prepare a portable cache of emergency supplies that can be used at home or at work. Learn about the types of emergencies or hazards that may affect your community, and about community emergency plans that are in place and how you will be notified of an event.
Besides building an Emergency Survival Kit you should be familiar with emergency information phone numbers and websites. Start by signing up at www.nyalert.gov for emergency information.
Visit these websites for more information:
NYS Prepare: www.prepare.ny.gov
NYS Division Of Homeland Security & Emergency Services: www.dhses.ny.gov
NYS Dept. of Health: www.nyhealth.gov
Emergency Supplies Checklist for Survival Kit
Build a Kit: Every member of your family should have an individualized Emergency Survival Kit. The Emergency Survival Kit should be robust and contain enough food, water, medications, and other consumables to last 7-10 days. The following items should be included in your Emergency Survival Kit:
- Backpack to be used for Emergency Survival Kit
- 4”x4” Gauze
- 5”x9” Gauze
- Ace Bandage
- Roll of Medical Tape
- Antiseptic Wipes
- Bottle of Saline
- Medical Gloves
- Assorted Band-Aids
- Work Gloves
- Eye Goggles
- Emergency Blanket
- Extra Batteries
- Dust Mask
- Sanitation Wipes
- Manual Can Opener
- Flashlight with Batteries
- Multi-Tool with Pliers
- Crank-Operated Emergency Radio
- Reflective Vest
- Sleeping Bag
Please add to your kit every week and begin to build a kit for each member of your family. Be sure to incorporate every family member’s individual needs and address them in their personalized kit. Be sure to add an entertainment item in your kit like a deck of cards or a paperback book. Most importantly, ensure that you rotate your sustainment items on an annual basis.