How to Prepare for an Emergency

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The preparations made now will decide how you are able to respond in an emergency. Your resources must prepare for any number of possibilities including an earthquake, fire, hazardous material incidents or flooding. You need to plan for an emergency that may occur at work, home or while you are away from home in your vehicle. Make plans to ensure that your family knows where to go if they cannot reach you during an emergency.

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit the California Office of Emergency Services web site or the Red Cross "Plan & Prepare" web site.

A basic emergency kit should contain:

  • Prepared (non-perishable) food and water to last 24 hours
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Portable radio with extra batteries
  • Extra blankets, clothing, shoes
  • Cash
  • Alternate cooking sources
  • Special items, infant and pet needs
  • Basic tools
  • Copies of important documents