An emergency supply kit should have one gallon of water per person, per day for three days
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Unfortunately, emergencies like wildfires, storms and earthquakes are a reality for southern California families. But just because we have to live under the constant threat of these natural disasters doesn't mean we have to be helpless.
Knowing what to do when one occurs and what to do before it happens can make a big difference in your safety and maybe even save your life. Being prepared for emergencies means having a written plan as well as supplies. Developing a written plan provides a systematic and repeatable approach to emergencies, meaning your family will know exactly what to do in order to stay safe should disaster strike.
Your plan should be tailored to meet your specific situation, such as preparing for elderly and disabled family members as well as pets. Your plan should be reviewed and updated annually.
Here are a few things to consider when making a plan:
You will also need supplies during an emergency. Since you won't have time to go shopping during an earthquake or storm, it's important that you have essentials on hand at all times, periodically making sure they are fresh and in good working order. Also, be sure to store them in durable, waterproof cases like backpacks or plastic tubs. Here are some of the basics you should have on hand.
These are just a few tips to get you started. For a comprehensive guide on how to best prepare your families for potential natural disasters and evacuation situations, visit SDG&E® to download one of their free Emergency Checklists.