Friday, October 2, 2015

Are You Ready?

We continue to urge County residents to be alert to changing weather conditions and to be prepared for possible flash flooding and potential high winds over the next several days.

Part of preparation includes having an emergency kit.  MCFRS urges all residents to take a moment to view information below, from our friends at the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and take action!

Make a Kit

One of the most critical steps you can take to sustain yourself and your family during a disaster is to create an emergency kit before the disaster strikes.

An emergency kit contains items you might need including food, water, medication, a flashlight, a radio, and batteries. These items will help you if you are asked to stay home for as many as three days.

However, a kit may also be useful in case you have to evacuate your home. If the items you need are in your emergency kit, you will not have to scramble at the last minute to gather important items.

Include the following items in your emergency kit:
  • Water - One gallon per person per day for at least three days
  • Food - A three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Can Opener - Manual hand-cranking
  • Radio - Battery-powered or hand-cranking
  • Flashlight - With extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medication - A three-day supply
  • Toiletries - For personal hygiene
  • Copies of Important Documents - Insurance policies, identification, and bank accouns in a waterproof container
  • Other Items (Depending on the Household) - Infant formula and diapers, extra clothing, books or games for children
For information on how to assemble an emergency kit, visit the following sites:
  • Assembling a kit for your pet - information from

Additional Resources

Alert Montgomery
Montgomery County's Are You Emergency Ready brochure includes information on items that should be in your emergency kit. 

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