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Emergency Preparedness
Be Prepared
Thank you for taking this very important step in your personal preparedness. Information contained on this page will provide information to help you prepare an emergency preparedness kit, develop a disaster plan, learn more about terrorist threats and provide other helpful links to disaster preparedness Web sites. By taking these few, simple steps we can become partners in emergency preparedness. Sign up online for "Alert Rockville" to receive emergency alert messages.

Emergency Preparedness Kit
Emergency supply kits can be used during severe storms, electrical outages, evacuations, or threats of bioterrorism. Everyone needs to take steps now to be prepared for an emergency situation. Consider making two kits - one to shelter in place, the other to take if you have to get away. The second kit could be a smaller version of the first kit and packed in backpack or duffle bag.

When preparing kits, plan to make it on your own for at least three days. Essential items you will need:
  • Water - approximately one gallon of water per person per day
  • Food - canned and dried foods (remember manual can opener and eating utensils)
  • Clothing - appropriate for the season; include footwear and rain gear.
  • Bedding - blankets and sleeping bags
  • Emergency supplies - first aid kit, flashlight, extra batteries, battery-powered radio, wrench/pliers (to turn off utilities), moist towelettes, plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Family needs - prescription medications, infant formula and diapers, eyeglasses/contacts, entertainment, etc.
  • Family documents - insurance policies, birth certificates, bank account records, etc. (place in a portable waterproof container)
  • Pets - store extra food, water and supplies for your pet

Emergency Plans
Having a family plan for a variety of emergency situations is vital. Since your family may not be together when an emergency strikes, a communication plan should be prepared and reviewed. One out-of-town person should be identified as the point of contact if family members are separated. Family members should have that persons phone number(s) or email address. If separated, each family member should contact the identified person.

You should be familiar with the emergency plans for family members' places of employment and/or school. Find out how they will communicate with families during an emergency. Knowing their emergency plans will better prepare individuals to safely reunite with their families and loved ones after an emergency.