Build Your Emergency Toolkit
- Keep emergency numbers for police and fire departments near your house phone, and program them into your cell phone.
- Ensure that children know how to make a call to 911, and under what circumstances they should do so.
- Develop an emergency exit plan for your home in case of a fire. Practice the plan to make sure everyone can escape quickly and safely.
- Build your emergency toolkit. Have everything you might need in one easily-accessible spot:
- Charged cell phone
- Additional batteries
- Battery-powered radio or TV
- Battery-operated alarm clock
- Bottled water & nonperishable food
- Hand-operated can openers
- First aid kit. Check out the American Red Cross "Anatomy of a First Aid Kit" for ideas.
- An emergency preparedness kit. The American Red Cross provides a comprehensive list of what to include in a basic kit, like important personal documents, medications, extra cash, and more.