Often during an emergency, electricity, water, heat, air conditioning, or telephone service may not work. All New Yorkers should have some basic supplies on hand in order for a family to survive if an emergency occurs. The emergency supply kit should be robust and contain enough food, water, medications, and other consumables to last seven to ten days. Following is a list of basic items (based on a family of four to survive for seven to ten days) that every emergency supply kit should include.
Food and Water
Health and Hygiene Supplies
Household Supplies and Equipment
Emergency First Aid Kit
Have these supplies on hand: First aid manual, assortment of sterile gauze pads, and adhesive bandages, medical tape, ace bandage, CPR mask, Quik Clot, over-the-counter drugs (aspirin, antidiarrheal medications, and activated charcoal), antiseptic ointment, soap, nitrile gloves, SAM splint, oropharyngeal airways set, thermometer, tweezers and needles, and tongue depressors.
It is important to be aware of what hazards may impact your community. New Yorkers have many ways to be aware and stay informed of what is happening in their community. Knowing what to do before, during, and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.
In addition to getting emergency information and updates through radio and television news, you can sign up for NY-ALERT to receive emergency information via the web, cell phone, email, and other technologies.
Many of the tips on the Aware Prepare page are designed to help you and your household. Here's what you can do to help your community recover from all kinds of emergencies.
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