Galewood Gazette Flashback: Emergency Preparedness: Prepare, Plan, and Stay Informed
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The following is an article from the Summer 2011 issue of the Galewood Gazette by North Avenue Business Association’s Wendy Tannenbaum.
Emergency Preparedness: Prepare, Plan, and Stay Informed
By: Wendy Tannenbaum
In the event of an emergency, natural disaster, or prolonged power outage, would you know what to do? Does your family have a communication/emergency plan? Here are a few suggestions on how you can prepare:
1. Prepare a basic emergency kit (include water-one gallon of water per person per day, for at least 3 days; a 3 day supply of non-perishable food; a battery powered radio and weather radio; a flashlight and batteries; first aid kit; dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape; moist toilettes, garbage bags and plastic ties; can opener; local maps; cell phone and chargers).
2. Make out a list of your family members (include names, relationships, descriptions, dates of birth, and social security numbers).
3. Prepare an inventory list of your pet; include name, type, description, pet license number and veterinarian’s name, address, and phone number.
4. Prepare a vehicle information sheet, including make, model, year, license plate number, and insurance carrier telephone and policy number.
5. Prepare an emergency contact information sheet with local and out of state contacts (include names, addresses, telephone and e-mail addresses).
6. Prepare a physician, pharmacy and family medical info sheet (include names of physicians and pharmacy, with addresses and phone numbers; family list should include family names, medical conditions, medications, and allergies).
7. Update your first aid kit; add a smaller kit for your car.
8. Prepare an insurance and utility contact sheet (include company name, phone numbers and policy/account numbers, limits and deductibles). Make sure you have adequate coverage.
9. Learn how to turn off your water, electric, and gas service.
Preparation for your family can make a difference. For more information, go to www.alertchicago.com (Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communication) or www.ready.illinois.gov. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s website at www.ready.gov, has information for your family, your business and a section called readykids, to educate your kids.
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