Storms we will not soon forget. Most of us have been affected by one or more of these storms in past years. Meteorologists’ predictions for 2013 include potential for more severe weather.
We live in a country with seeming endless resources. What do we do if faced with water shortages, utility outages, or evacuation? While it is impossible to prepare for complete devastation; we can ready ourselves with small steps.
Dollar stores and discount retailers offer a variety of non-perishable food, water, batteries, and flashlights. You can easily add items to your family’s disaster kit without breaking the bank. Hardware stores should have inexpensive tarps and rope.
Basic Emergency Supply Checklist:1. Water. (One gallon, per person, per day).
2. Non-perishable food.
3. Manual Can Opener.
4. First Aid Kit.
5. Personal Hygiene Items.
6. Bleach, Hand Sanitizer.
7. Radio, Extra Batteries.
8. Flashlight, Extra Batteries.
9. Tarp, Rope.
10. Rain Gear.
11. Extra Blankets.
12. Hat, Gloves, Thermal Underwear.
13. Special Items:
a. Important Family and Financial Documents.
All important documents should be stored in a plastic zip bag. Store your kit in a convenient location easily accessible to all family members.
In the case of mandatory evacuation; heed the warnings. All family members should designate a meeting place in case of separation.
Newhallville Substation (Winchester Avenue):
City of New Haven, LCI (General Information):
City of New Haven, Mayor’s Office:
Please reference www.ready.gov for more preparedness information.