It is important to be prepared for emergencies before they occur. The City of Mesquite Office of Emergency Management encourages citizens to have an emergency supply kit and a plan for where you would meet up.
Emergency Supply Kit
After an emergency, first responders may not be able to reach everyone right away. Once something happens, time may not be available to gather all the supplies needed which is why it is important to have these supplies on hand to survive for at least a limited time.
Your kit can be stored in an easy-to-carry container such as a duffle bag, storage container or trash can.
Recommended Items for an Emergency Supply Kit:
- Water, one gallon per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation.
- Food, at least a three day supply of non-perishable foods.
- Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio, a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- First aid kit.
- Whistle to signal for help.
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food).
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.
- Cash, in the case that ATMs are not available or the use of credit/debit cards would not be able to be used.
- A copy of important documents such as passports, immunization records and Social Security cards.
It is important to update these items every six months - the plan, critical numbers and supplies that might have expired or spoiled. This is also an excellent time to practice the plans that you have created.
For additional information about Emergency Supply Kits, please visit www.ready.gov
Prepare a Plan
If a disaster hit today, would you be prepared? Do you know all your emergency contacts, meeting places, or what parts of your home are more structurally safe than others? Creating a plan is easy and takes only a few minutes. It will include each family member of your household, places you spend time, family pets, emergency contact numbers, and emergency meeting places. Including each family member of your household, places you spend time, family pets, emergency contact numbers and emergency meeting places this plan can help to get your family prepared. For more information about a personalized family plan, please visit the KnoWhat2Do website.