Be Prepared

  • Know the location of the nearest fire alarm box and how to use it
    • (fire alarm boxes may be used for any emergency, not just fires)
During hurricanes, blizzards, floods, natural or manmade disasters, trees, limbs and power lines are likely to come down.

  • Working flashlight (extra batteries)
  • Car gas tank full
  • Portable radio (extra batteries) Supply of canned foods
  • WBZ - 1300 on AM dial or Cable 8 First Aid supplies
  • For local news Fresh water in containers
  • Matches or lighters Ice in cooler to preserve refrigerated food in cooler
  • Charge any batteries you may need including Propane or charcoal for cooking
  • cellular phone Necessary Prescription Drugs
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Operated Smoke Detector
  • Stay calm and be prepared to leave
  • Take in or tie down outside furniture
  • Listen to radio and TV
  • Bring small loose items inside
  • Use water sparingly until all services are restored
  • Tape extra large windows
  • Foods (canned goods and nonperishable foods) that do not need cooking
  • Utensils, such as, a manual can opener, disposable plates, cups, forks, knives, spoons, etc.
  • Drinking water in non-breakable containers (2 quarts per person / day)
  • Special dietary food if required
  • Identification, valuable papers, policies and photographs in a waterproof container
  • Personal hygiene item, such as, soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, washcloths, towels, sanitary items
  • First aid kit
  • Medications, prescription and over the counter, such as aspirin and antacid
  • Specific medical information
  • Personal aids, such as, eyeglasses, hearing aids, canes, etc.
  • Infant care items, such as, diapers and formula
  • Books, magazines, toys
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Sleeping bag and blanket, sheet and pillow
  • Change of clothing
  • Rainwear
  • Toolkit
Don't forget that the container for your disaster supply kit, should be waterproof.