Disasters often strike quickly and without warning. A disaster can force you to evacuate your home or office, separate you from your family, and affect your access to every day necessities like food, water, and electricity.
Making a plan for your family or business is essential to answering questions like:
Where do I go if I can't find my family members?
What do we do if we do not have water or electricity?
How quickly can my business re-open?
To begin answering these questions and to create your own family or business emergency plan, click here.
Build a Kit
Building a disaster kit is an easy way to protect your family and business during an emergency. A disaster kit makes portable all of the resources necessary to keep you and your family or your business safe during and after a disaster.
Your disaster kit supplies should be stored in an easy-to-carry container.
Here are some examples of great disaster kit containers:
Keep your kit stored in a convenient place that is known to all family members or employees. You should also keep a smaller version of this disaster kit in your car.
Your disaster kit should include enough supplies to last you and your family for a minimum of 3 days!
We've listed six basic necessities you should keep stored in your home and disaster kits:
Click on these links to learn more about the necessary items for your disaster kit. Also, check out these important kit tips!
Store water in plastic containers such as
empty soft drink bottles or milk jugs. Avoid using containers that will
decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally
active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot
environments and intense physical activity can double that amount.
Children, nursing mothers and ill people will need more.
Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of Sterno or a camping stove. Select food items that are compact and lightweight.
The following items make good emergency rations:
When purchasing food for your emergency kit or to stock up before a storm, remember to purchase items you would normally eat, so that you can use any extras after the storm.
A set of clean bedding for you and your family members is very important during an evacuation. Also, extra sets of clean clothes for your family members is important because laundry facilities may not be available and you may be away from your home for an extended period of time.
It is important to also remember to dress for the weather and pack extra shoes and rain gear, like ponchos and umbrellas.
Keep a supply of clean clothes and bedding as part of your emergency kit in an easy-to-carry suitcase or duffle bag.
Important Family Documents
Learning basic skills like first-aide and CPR can save lives. There are many local opportunities for you, your family members, or employees to get this basic training.
Also, learning about your local Office of Emergency Management can help to keep you and your loved ones safe. Remember to stay informed by checking our website each week for new, important information!
If so, we're looking for you! Volunteers are an essential component to disaster response and recovery. For information on how you can get involved and make a difference in the Orlando community, check out Orlando Citizen Corps!
You can also volunteer your time at the Orlando Emergency Operations Center. The City of Orlando's Citizen Information Line is a vital tool for our residents during an emergency. Volunteers work in shifts answering non-emergency phone calls at the Emergency Operation Center. If you are interested in volunteering, contact ontact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, you can volunteer after a disaster during the recovery effort. Don't wait until the last minute to get trained! Learn how to protect yourself, your family, and help others. Prepare and get ready now.