- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Portable radio or NOAA Weather Radio with extra batteries · Charged cell phone · First-aid kit · Essential prescription medicines · Non-perishable Food · Manual can opener · Water (one gallon per person/per day) · Baby items · Extra blankets and sleeping bags · Fire extinguisher FAMILY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS PLAN Develop a ‘Family Emergency Communication Plan’ in case family members are separated from one another during a winter storm (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), and have a plan for getting back together.
- Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the ‘family contact’. After a disaster, it is often easier to call long distance than across town. Also, calling outside the area will probably be easier than calling into a disaster area.
- Make sure everyone knows the name, address and telephone number of the contact person.
- Sometimes an emergency could impact your neighborhood or small section of town. Decide on an alternate meeting area for family members.
- BE INFORMED
- Become aware of your community’s Emergency Plans, available through your local Emergency Management Director.
- Be familiar with the Emergency Plans at your children’s school and your workplace.
- Be aware of the location of your community’s emergency notification systems, potential emergency shelters and possible evacuation routes.
These steps can help reassure everyone’s safety and minimize the stress associated with emergencies. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Winter Preparedness, go to the MEMA website atwww.mass.gov/mema. Follow MEMA updates on Facebook and Twitter.