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Disaster Preparedness

Develop a Plan

A key to surviving disaster, whether natural or man-made, is planning ahead. Emergency preparedness and response planning should involve all family members, regardless of whether you plan to stay at home or go to a shelter.


Hold a Family Meeting

  • Talk about what each family member should do in preparation for and in response to each emergency identified. Individuals should also consider preparation and response to each emergency identified.
  • Determine primary and alternate locations where family members can meet if an emergency happens while away from home/work.
  • Select a pre-designated place to meet outside if a sudden emergency such as a fire forces you out of the house.
  • Identify the safe areas in the home.
  • Select someone outside your immediate area, (another state) to act as a central point of contact for your relatives and friends who may try to call following an emergency or disaster, as you may have limited or no telephone service.
  • Plan for child care if parents can't get home.
  • If you have pets, ensure you CLICK HERE to review "Pet Friendly" shelters statewide. Remember pets CAN NOT go to non-designated shelters, unless they are registered service animals. Pets must have a collar, leash, cage or hard sided crate with food. The crate must be labeled with the owners contact information.


Assemble an Emergency Kit (DO NOT wait for an impending storm)

  • Prepare Prescriptions and a First Aid Kit.
  • Determine special family needs (medication, equipment etc.)
  • Include a list of family members’ prescribed medications, giving generic names and prescribed dosage.
  • Include a list of doctors and telephone numbers.
  • Include a list of special medical devices such as pacemaker/insulin pump, the style, serial number, and other pertinent information.
  • Include vital family records such as mortgage papers, medical records, insurance policies, birth certificates, marriage licenses, Will, tax records, and other irreplaceable items.
  • Prepare a 1-2 week supply of special medicines or foods required.
  • Prepare a 7-day supply of non-perishable food and water. (Hawaii is a remote location, personnel should be prepared to survive a minimum of 7 days before outside help arrives.)
  • Ensure i gallon of water per person per day for 7 days.
  • Have at least $250 in cash in your disaster kit. Following a hurricane, banks and ATMs may be temporarily closed.
  • Remember a non-electric can opener.
  • Select a battery or a solar/hand powereed radio with the weather channel and extra batteries.
  • Select a flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Collect sleeping bags or blankets.
  • Prepare a change of clothing for each family member.
  • Prepare adequate toilet articles and waterless hygiene products.


Click here to link to more preparedness information to help you make a plan and a kit managed by FEMA.

Air Force Be Ready
Click here to link to more Air Force specific preparedness information to hel you make a plan and a kit.

Ready Navy
Click here to link to more Navy specific information to help you make a plan and a kit.
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(Last Update: 9/4/14)

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