Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit.
Prepare Your Emergency Plans.
Hurricane Earl's path along the North Carolina and New England coastlines this week serves as a stark reminder that everyone needs to stay prepared. Recognizing September as National Preparedness Month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the City of Titusville are urging residents to create an emergency supply kit.
"It takes time to get state and federal resources mobilized following a disaster," says Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech. "Citizens must be ready to care for themselves until help arrives. We're encouraging everyone to get a kit, make a plan and be informed."
Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days. Evacuation may also become necessary at a moment's notice. It's vital that everyone have emergency supplies close at hand.
"We're recommending that our citizens store enough food and water for at least three days," says Titusville's Emergency Manager Chuck Bogle. "FEMA's Ready.gov website is a tremendous resource for emergency information--preparedness is just a click away."
Set aside at least one gallon of water per person per day. To ensure your water remains useable, it's recommended that residents purchase commercially bottled water. Water containers should remain unopened until needed and remember to periodically check expiration dates.
You should include dry clothing and bedding supplies in any disaster kit. Be sure to include at least one complete change of clothing and shoes per person.
Here are some additional items to consider including:
For additional planning resources, visit www.Ready.gov.