Recent Earthquake Activity Gets Us All Thinking…

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It’s a good strategy to plan for things… especially emergencies. Here’s a few ideas –

DOCUMENTS
· An emergency plan with contact information, two ways to evacuate the home and a designated meeting place.
· Important documents in a fire-proof safe, an expandable folder or on a portable storage device.
o Important documents include:
· Birth and marriage certificates
· Passports and Social Security cards
· Insurance policies and your agent’s contact information
· Family wills
· Proof of ownership or lease of residence
· Vehicle and boat registrations
· Loan and deed documents
· Information related to your financial investments, retirement and banking
· Lists of medications and health information
· Digital files of family photos
· Keys to a safe deposit box
· Recent photos of you loved ones, in case you are separated
· Local maps

FOOD
· One gallon of water per person per day
· A three-day supply of non-perishable food
· Can opener
· Mess kit with utensils and dishware

SANITARY ITEMS
· Household chlorine bleach and a medicine dropper to disinfect objects and purify water
· Hand sanitizer
· Garbage bags and ties, toilet paper, moist towelettes

SAFETY
· First aid kit
· Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
· Flashlight and batteries
· A whistle to alert emergency responders of your location, if trapped
· Dust masks for the family
· Cell phone with chargers
· Matches in a waterproof container

MISCELLANEOUS
· Sleeping bag or bedding
· A change of clothing for each family member
· Some cash in small bills