Five Thousand Americans Will Build Disaster Preparedness Kits

Your disaster preparedness kit should contain these basic supplies: Water (one gallon per person, per day) Ready-to-eat, nonperishable food (for family members and pets) Battery-powered or hand-crank radio Whistle (to signal for help) Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape Moist towelettes and plastic garbage bags with ties (for sanitation) Wrench or pliers Local maps (to locate emergency services and shelters) Extra batteries For a complete list, visit . Step 2: Create a household emergency plan A household emergency plan should include the following information: Emergency contact names and numbers mobile and landline (As an extra precaution, everyone in your family should program In Case of Emergency, or ICE, contacts in their mobile phones so emergency personnel can contact them if needed) Family meeting place in your neighborhood and an alternative meeting place in the region Personal details for each family member (date of birth, important medical information, recent photos) Addresses and phone numbers of the places family members frequent on a regular basis (work, school) Contact information for medical providers (doctors, pharmacist, veterinarian) Important medical and insurance information, including photocopies of your medical insurance card(s) For a fill-in-the-blank household emergency plan and cards to download, print and keep close at hand, visit . Step 3: Help your community get ready for a disaster The strength of a community comes from each person who lives in it. By raising your hand to help your community prepare for a potential disaster, you can help people respond to and recover from an emergency situation. Visit , go to the Resources bug out bag page, and then click Get Trained to find a disaster volunteer team near you. About Goody & Ready Good & Ready is a national collaborative, online and on-the-ground emergency preparedness engagement initiative led by Points of Light, working in partnership with , the American Red Cross and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. The Good & Ready partner organizations share one goal: to help 1.5 million Americans be more prepared for disasters by 2015. By empowering individuals, families and communities to volunteer and become better prepared, Good & Ready aims to create a more disaster-resilient nation.
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Your family’s emergency kit is probably a disaster

“I’ll pack the dead batteries,” says the son after his father asks what each family member will do in preparation for an emergency. “I’ll only put what I don’t need into a duffel bag,” says the daughter, with her mom adding, “Great, that’s totally unhelpful.” “We think these ads will resonate with audiences because we think the messaging comes from insights that are so universally important to people,” said Val DiFebo, CEO of Deutsch NY, the agency that created the ads pro bono to help raise awareness. “The fact that most people will admit they don’t have a plan or that they can just wing it, which is exactly what we talk about in these ads, is (how) you get people to pay attention and act and say it’s time.” The PSAs are timed to release right before the 10th annual National Preparedness Month in September, an initiative managed and sponsored by FEMA to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, businesses and places of worship. New Jersey homes being raised post-Sandy “What we try to get people to understand is that number one, not all disasters come with warning labels,” said Darryl Madden, director of FEMA’s Ready campaign . Coney Island then and now “What we also try to make people understand is that don’t think of it in terms of the Katrinas or of the Sandys, but think about other events that could happen in your community that present a certain risk that you need to be prepared for.” Emmy win could help Sandy victims The ads, which will run and air in advertising time and space donated by various media outlets, encourage Americans to visit FEMA’s website for kids . The site, with more parent- and kid-friendly content coming September 1, includes information such as a downloadable family emergency plan and guidance on how to talk to kids about emergencies in an age-appropriate fashion. DiFebo said that her agency’s strategy was to create a sense of urgency without going overboard. “What you don’t want to do is be so alarmist that people don’t want to pay attention to the message or they say this is just too scary for me and it’s too scary for my kids so I’m not going there,” she said. “That’s really the biggest mistake you can make.” While my mother-in-law and I had never talked about what we’d do in the event of an emergency and my family still does not have a disaster plan, the subject of emergency preparedness is very close to our hearts. Stay in touch! Don’t miss out on the conversation we’re having at CNN Living. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest stories and tell us what’s influencing your life.
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Disaster preparedness: Emergency supply kit essentials for your family

Residents of Colorado Springs evacuate homes

Arguably the most important thing you can do to prepare you and your family is to create an emergency supply kit with the essentials needed to survive. Disasters – natural or manmade – are not something we like to think about but they do occur. Mother Nature can bring her wrath in the deadly form of earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes. She also can shut down entire cities with snowstorms that while not as dangerous, still need to be prepared for. As we learned tragically on September 11, 2001, man himself can cause a disaster and those threats have not gone away. No matter the cause of a disaster, you need to be prepared to survive without outside help for at least three days. You cannot rely on first responders being able to assist you right away, particularly with a large scale event.
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Emergency Preparedness Kits Made Affordable for UCSF Community

-Make sure every member of your family knows where the kit is. -If you are required to shelter in place, keep this kit with you. -Consider adding enough supplies to last two weeks. Workplace Emergency Kit: -This kit should be in one container to be kept at your work station in case you must evacuate from work. -Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes at your work place in case you have to walk long distances. -This kit should include at least food, water and a first aid kit. -Make sure you include your familys communications plan. Vehicle Emergency Kit: -In the event that you are stranded while driving, keep this kit in your vehicle at all times.
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Emergency Preparedness Kits

Affiliates include volunteers, employees of UCSF contractors, including food court staff, residents, fellows or anyone who has a current UCSF identification badge. It is now possible for every UCSF ID card holder to purchase a three-day disaster kit for their car for $5.31 or a three-day disaster kit for a family of four for $33.55. In addition, a department can also purchase three days of disaster supplies for their office, class or lab for as little as $11.71 per person. By partnering with Your Safety Place, a San Francisco Bay Area-based company with an online store, the UCSF Police Department has contracted for a 20 percent discount on disaster supplies, allowing members of the campus community to purchase any item from Your Safety Places extensive inventory. To buy discounted emergency supplies, go to:
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