Be prepared for a disaster emergency before it happens. Make a Disaster Supplies Kit for your child and your family. Keep these supplies on hand:
Water - a 3-day supply for each household member
Food - a 3-day supply for each household member
First Aid Kit
Essential medications - prescription and over-the-counter
Special equipment and supplies for your child with special needs
Generator, if your child is dependent of machines using electricity
Sanitation supplies (toileting and hygiene)
Flashlight with extra batteries
Radio with extra batteries
Cellular phone with extra battery
Extra clothing and bedding
Important phone numbers
Other tools and supplies
Tip: Keep the phone number of an out-of-state contact person in your Disaster Supplies Kit. Sometimes, it is easier to contact a person out-of-state during a disaster.
For more information on Disaster Planning, contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 800-480-2520 or 800-621-3362 (TTY). You can also contact your local American Red Cross Chapter. Many communities have community emergency or disaster teams that work with FEMA and can give families local help.
This information is provided by the Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs within the Department of Public Health.
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