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Make a Kit, Have a Plan, and Stay Informed

Be prepared by taking a few simple precautions and plan ahead to protect your family's safety in the event of an emergency. Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies most likely to happen where you live, learn, work, and play.

Make a Kit
Recommended items to include in a basic Emergency Supply Kit:
 - 3-day supply of water (1 gallon per person per day)
 - Canned food with can openers/utensils
 - Battery Operated Radio
 - Flashlight with spare batteries
 - First Aid Kit
 - Prescriptions/Medications
 - Infant care needs
 - Items for elderly
 - Cash
 - Important personal and financial documents

A comprehensive list of suggested materials to use in order to prepare for emergencies in one's home and for their families is available here.

Have a Plan
ReadyNova is here to help you build your own family emergency plan.
Develop plans to shelter-in-place or to evacuate and create a Family Communications Plan that also identifies responsibilities for each family member. Select meeting places outside your home and your neighborhood, in case you have to evacuate and cannot return home. Choose an out-of-town contact person. Make a list of pet-friendly hotels or animal shelters. Most importantly, practice your plans.

Stay Informed
Listen to TV, radio, and other means of communications to learn what disasters or emergencies may occur in your area. Become an E-News subscriber and you will receive up-to-minute information from the City of Alexandria such as emergency alerts.


Additional Resources

"Prepare For Emergencies Now: Information For Pet Owners." A unique brochure containing information for pet owners and suggestions for proactive pet emergency preparedness.

"Prepare For Emergencies Now: Information For Older Americans." A unique brochure with information specific to Older Americans and tips on how to prepare for emergency situations

"Prepare For Emergencies Now: Information For People With Disabilities."  
A unique brochure with information specific to Americans with disabilities and other access and functional needs regarding emergency preparedness.

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