By now you should have created your Emergency Supply Kit, including
a battery-powered radio and other essential items. If you haven’t,
go to the NJOEM
Basic Preparedness page and follow the Three Steps to Safety.
Your Kit contains all the items you will need to Shelter-in-Place or
Evacuate. Keep in mind that you will not necessarily want to take all
of these items with you when you Evacuate.
For example, if you do not have your own car, you might not be able
to carry three days’ worth of water for each person in your
household! Food and water will be provided at public shelters.
When evacuating you should consider taking the following items for your “Go
- Battery-powered radio, flashlights and extra batteries
- Extra clothing and footwear
- Two blankets per person
- Medical items such as prescriptions
- Any specialty items related to disabilities
- Childcare items such as diapers and baby formula
- Cash, identification and keys
- Food or snacks
- Reading material or children’s toys
Think about the number of bags you and your family may need to
carry these items. These items and bags are your “Go Kit.” Prepare
them now and keep them with the rest of your Emergency Supply Kit.
Remember: If your home is threatened by flooding or fire, you may have
as little as 10 minutes to evacuate. Trying to think of what to save is
very difficult in these circumstances. Consider keeping a list of high-priority
items you might try to save if you only had 10 minutes. If you cannot carry
these items, leave them!
Follow this link if you have Disabilities
or other Special Needs.Individuals with special needs
often require additional time and assistance to prepare for a disaster.