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Ready DC

Be Prepared


There are actions you can take to ensure you’re prepared to respond when a disaster impacts our community. Having a plan is the most important way you can protect yourself in an emergency. Talk with family and friends about who to call and where to meet in an emergency. Make an emergency kit containing items you may need in an emergency and keep it in an accessible place in your home, vehicle, and/or workplace.

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  • Water: One gallon of water per person, per day, for at least three days, to be used for drinking and sanitation
  • Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food for each member of your family (while non-perishables do last for a long time, you should be regularly checking these supplies to make sure that nothing in your kit is expired)
  • Battery, solar powered, or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for each
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • A whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Extra cell phone with batteries/chargers
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medications and eyewear
  • Emergency reference material such as first aid book
  • Have COVID-19 supplies stocked: cloth masks or face coverings, hand sanitizer, disinfectant cleaning supplies, sanitizing wipes, and soap.
  • Important documents such as: insurance policies, copy of driver’s license, Social Security card, birth certificate, and bank account records stored in a watertight container
  • Cash and change
  • Copies of local maps
  • A list of emergency contacts with phone numbers
For Your Vehicle:
  • Jumper cables
  • First aid kit and necessary medications in case you are away from home for a prolonged period of time (this should include contact lens solution, extra cases, and/or glasses)
  • Cat litter or sand for better tire traction
  • Shovel
  • Ice scraper
  • Warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes
  • Rain poncho and umbrella
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Road flares or reflective triangles
  • Baby food/formula, wipes, and diapers if you have an infant
  • A full tank of gas
  • Bright colored cloth to use as a flag