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  • FEMA Leads Whole Community Response Efforts For Hurricane Dorian

    • Hurricane Dorian continues advancing north and, this morning, the storm made landfall in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
    • North Carolina and Virginia are likely to experience continued severe weather with high winds, torrential rain and flash flooding throughout the day.
    • Remember: Stay out of floodwaters – Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
    • If you evacuated, do not try to return home until your local officials say it is safe to return.
    • FEMA is moving resources as the situation changes and remains coordinated with our state and federal partners ready, to respond where needed.

    STAY ALERT AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS OF OFFICIALS IN NORTH CAROLINA AND VIRGINIA

    • Mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders remain in effect along the coastal areas and barrier islands of North Carolina and Virginia.
    • There is a risk of tornadoes as Dorian’s bands pass over the region. If a tornado warning is issued in your area, go to a basement or room with no windows. Mobile homes are not a safe place to shelter.
    • Your state and local officials will have the most up-to-date information on evacuation orders, shelter locations and other storm updates.
    • North Carolina:
    • Virginia:
    • All shelters managed by the Red Cross are accessible for people who have disabilities (including those who are deaf, blind, use a wheelchair, or have a service animal).
    • Residents with an acute medical need (a medical need that would require a trip to the hospital) are encouraged to go to a medical shelter for assistance.
    • Visit FEMA.gov/Hurricane-Dorian for additional tips and resources.

    SOUTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS: DON'T RETURN HOME UNTIL IT'S SAFE TO DO SO

    • Even if it looks like the storm has subsided, do not return until told it is safe to do so by local authorities.
    • Flooding remains a concern. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Avoid floodwaters as they may contain raw sewage, sharp objects and/or downed power lines.
    • Avoid walking near or driving over downed power lines. Consider all power lines energized and dangerous.
    • Photograph or take video of any damage before you start cleaning up. If your property was damaged, contact your insurance company and file a claim.

    FEMA, FEDERAL AGENCIES REMAIN FOCUSED ON DORIAN

    • More than 7,000 federal responders, including the National Guard, FEMA employees, and our federal partners, nonprofits and private sector, are in place and ready to support.
    • Should the states need any federal support, we stand ready to help.
    • More than 10,000 workers are positioned to restore power in areas affected by Dorian as soon as the storm clears. There are 80 high water vehicles at pre-staged Fort Bragg for water rescue, if needed.
      • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has deployed personnel including debris clearance staff, route opening engineers and temporary power teams in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The Corps is monitoring water inundation in the Carolinas.
    • The Red Cross is coordinating to support evacuation centers with over 1,900 trained volunteers; more than 5,000 people were in 98 shelters in North and South Carolina.
    • The Salvation Army is providing meals, water and snacks to evacuees and has mobile kitchens on standby.

    DECLARATIONS

    • The governor of Florida requested a major disaster declaration for federal reimbursement to local and state government for emergency protective measures. That request is under review.
    • President Trump approved emergency declarations for Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, including the Catawba Indian Nation, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and North Carolina, to include the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
    • The emergency declarations allow for direct federal assistance for emergency and life-safety actions taken.

    USAID ON AID TO THE BAHAMAS

    • We extend condolences to those who have lost loved ones and to the affected communities.
    • Led by USAID, the U.S is providing humanitarian assistance, search & rescue, and other disaster response support at the request of the Bahamian government as well as assisting U.S. citizens in the affected areas.
    • USAID deployed search and rescue members from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue to The Bahamas. These teams – each comprising 57 people and four canines – will be conducting search and rescue missions, and other critical operations. These teams also have agreements with FEMA as part of the National Urban Search and Rescue system.
    • The U.S. Coast Guard immediately deployed ships and helicopters to evacuate severely injured individuals from Abaco and Grand Bahama islands. U.S. Customs and Border Protection also deployed rotary and fixed wing aircraft to assist with evacuation and relief efforts.
    • USAID is airlifting emergency supplies from Miami to be distributed through the Bahamian government’s National Emergency Management Agency.
    • Visit cidi.org for information on how the public can support relief in the Bahamas.
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  • FEMA Urges Residents in Dorian's Path to Finalize Preparations

    “Don't tough it out. Get out. Save your life. Save the life of your family. Make the smart choice today because the clock is ticking.” Acting FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor

    Dorian Hits Florida while Fernand Threatens Northern Mexico & Southern Texas
    • Even though the storm’s category changed overnight, Dorian is still expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and high winds from Florida to the Carolinas over the next few days. Even without a landfall, there may be significant impacts and damage along the East Coast.
    • Don’t tough it out, get out! Mandatory evacuations are in place in parts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.
    • Be prepared to evacuate if you haven’t already. Fill your gas tank, know your evacuation zones and routes, and stock your vehicle with emergency supplies for several days, including: including water and food, prescriptions, first aid products and toiletries.
    • Hurricane Dorian is a big storm, and federal, state and tribal governments are prepared for a big response. FEMA and our partners have resources from South Florida to North Carolina to be ready to respond to state requests for support.
    • Download the FEMA app (in English or Spanish) for directions to shelters, a checklist of emergency supplies, survival tips and weather alerts.
    • Visit FEMA.gov/Hurricane-Dorian for additional tips, information and resources useful before, during and after the storm.

    FLORIDA RESIDENTS: EVACUATE OR SHELTER IN PLACE AND STAY SAFE

    • Life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds will begin impacting Florida today. Monitor media reports and follow the direction of your local officials.
    • Flooding is a key risk with this storm. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.
    • Florida has issued mandatory evacuation orders for a number of counties along its east coast as well as voluntary or phased evacuation orders for several additional counties.

     GEORGIA, SOUTH CAROLINA AND NORTH CAROLINA: FINALIZE YOUR PLANS AND PREPARATIONS NOW 

    • This is a slow moving and powerful hurricane that can change rapidly – continue to pay attention to Dorian’s forecast. Don’t just focus on the center of the track as only a slight deviation of the forecast could bring Dorian even closer to the coastline.
    • Residents in Georgia and the Carolinas should be completing preparedness efforts and following the guidance from officials in your area.
    • Mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders are in effect Georgia and the Carolinas. Your state and local officials will have the most up-to-date information on evacuation orders and shelter locations:

    FEMA AND PARTNERS POSITIONED FOR ROBUST, FLEXIBLE RESPONSE

    • FEMA is maintaining a robust and flexible posture to support response efforts in multiple states.  This is a team effort that includes private partners and non-governmental organizations like The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.
    • FEMA has staging areas throughout the Southeast: Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany in Georgia, Warner Robbins Air Force Base in Georgia, Fort Bragg in North Carolina, and Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina.
    • The Red Cross is coordinating to support evacuation centers with over 1,600 trained volunteers, 110 response vehicles, and 99 tractor-trailer loads full of supplies.
    • The Salvation Army is ready with more than 70 mobile kitchens from eight states.

    DECLARATIONS

    • North Carolina Governor Ray Cooper requested an emergency declaration as a result of Hurricane Dorian beginning on Sept. 1. The request is pending.
    • President Trump approved emergency declarations for Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, including the Catawba Indian Nation, and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

    U.S. AID TO THE BAHAMAS

    • DHS and FEMA leadership are closely monitoring the situation in the Bahamas and remain in coordination with leadership from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
    • USAID is in contact with the government of the Bahamas to determine immediate needs.
    • The U.S. Coast Guard, in coordination with the Department of State, has a mutual aid agreement with the Bahamas to provide resources and assist in search and rescue missions.
    • The American Red Cross has resources and staff in place in the Bahamas and stands ready to assist survivors with emergency sheltering and other immediate needs.
  • FEMA Urges Residents to Remain Vigilant in Preparation for Hurricane Dorian

    • Hurricane Dorian is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge, dangerous winds and significant infrastructure damage to much of the Florida peninsula beginning Monday. Evacuations have begun to be issued in Florida, and additional evacuation orders may follow. Fill your tank, stock your vehicle with supplies, and if ordered to evacuate, go.
    • The forecasted track for Dorian can change quickly.  If you’re anywhere in the forecasted path of Hurricane Dorian, take steps to prepare now.
    • Hurricane Dorian is a big storm, and the federal, state and tribal governments are preparing for a big response.

    Follow Instructions from Local Officials:

    • Dorian is currently forecasted to make impacts along Florida’s Atlantic coast as a major hurricane, which means it could cause significant damage to power, water and road systems.
    • Remember: storm surge and related inland flooding is often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane.
    • Monitor the storm closely and follow the guidance of your local officials.  Be ready to leave, have a plan for where you will go, and if ordered to evacuate, go.
    • Florida residents and visitors are warned to heed all emergency guidance provided by local officials and avoid any areas under evacuation.

    Now is the Time to Prepare:

    • Download the FEMA App for preparedness tips, shelter information and weather alerts.
    • Residents are encouraged to have supplies for up to seven days, including: prescription medication, items to care for infants and toddlers, pet supplies, water and non-perishable food.
    • You should refill any necessary prescriptions today.  Florida’s state of emergency allows you to obtain a 30-day refill of your prescription medication.
    • Make sure you have cash on hand and collect important papers such as property deeds, birth certificates, and rental leases - or create password-protected digital copies.
    • Fill up your gas tank, stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and know your evacuation routes.
    • Visit Ready.gov for more information on what you can do ahead of this dangerous storm.
    • Floridians can visit FloridaDisaster.Org to find information on emergency preparedness, shelters, road closures and evacuation routes and download the FL511 Mobile App for updated road and traffic conditions.

    It’s a Big Storm and We’re Preparing for a Big Response:

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    • FEMA, through the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) and its regional offices, is monitoring the effects and track of Hurricane Dorian and remains in contact with state and tribal emergency management officials.
    • Personnel and resources are moving to incident support bases to be ready to support response activities as requested by the state.
    • The NRCC and FEMA Region IV’s Regional Response Coordination Center are both conducting 24-hour operations.
    • FEMA’s Hurricane Liaison Team is working jointly with the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, and an Incident Support Base is established at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.
    • Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
    • Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency for several counties in Georgia ahead of any potential impacts from Dorian.
    • The Seminole Tribe of Florida has declared a state of emergency as well.

    Declarations:

    • On  Aug. 30, President Trump approved Florida’s request for an emergency declaration allowing direct federal assistance for emergency and life-safety actions taken ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
    • FEMA received Chairman Marcellus Osceola’s request for an emergency declaration for the Seminole Tribe of Florida on Aug. 30.  The request is currently under review.
    • President Trump approved emergency declarations for Puerto Rico on Aug. 27 and the USVI on Aug. 28, making federal funding available to assist those territories with emergency and life-safety actions taken ahead of Dorian.
  • FEMA Urges Residents in Hurricane Dorian’s Path to Prepare Now

    • The risk of dangerous storm surge and hurricane-force winds along the east coast of Florida later this week and this weekend continues to increase.
    • Those in the Caribbean impacted by Dorian should use caution as they return home or begin clean up.  Residents in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands should continue to follow the directions of local officials.
    • FEMA continues to support both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands governments to assess impacts from the storm.
    • FEMA is working with Florida officials ahead of Dorian’s predicted landfall and is moving
      Hurricane Dorian Projected path and landfall in US

      response resources in position.  Residents along the East Coast should be implementing their hurricane preparedness plan now.

    • An effective disaster response is locally executed, state managed and federally supported.

    Ready to Support Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands:

    • Residents should continue listening to local officials for safety information.
      • Both Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands’ officials are telling residents to avoid dangerous areas, only return home if it is safe to do so, and to check on your neighbors.
      • Residents are advised to keep out of the water.  Flood water can contain dangerous debris, downed power lines, and germs.  Do not attempt to walk, swim, wade, or drive through flood waters.
      • Check-in with neighbors if safe to do so.  You may be the help they need.
    • If you suffered property damage, you should report it to your local emergency management officials and contact your insurance company to file a claim.
      • Individuals who had a blue roof or other ongoing repairs from the impacts of the 2017 hurricanes damaged by Dorian should report it to local emergency management officials.
    • FEMA personnel and resources are in place in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to support should needs be identified.
      • FEMA has five warehouses in the Caribbean to support Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The warehouses are stocked with life-sustaining commodities including millions of liters of water and meals, as well as tarps and other necessities.
      • President Donald Trump approved an Emergency Declaration Tuesday night for Puerto Rico and Wednesday evening for the U.S. Virgin Islands to provide federal funding to assist with emergency and life-safety actions in response to Dorian.

    Florida Residents Should Prepare Now:

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    • Response and recovery are a whole community effort.  It takes everyone being prepared and neighbor helping neighbor.
    • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a State of Emergency for counties in the path of Hurricane Dorian.
    • The Florida Division of Emergency Management urges residents along its eastern coast to remain alert and take steps to prepare.
      • Know your evacuation routes.
      • Have 7 days’ worth of supplies including food, water, prescription medications, flashlights and batteries.
      • Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org for information on emergency preparedness, shelters, road closures and evacuation routes.
      • Follow @FLSERT and @GovRonDeSantis on Twitter for live updates.
      • Download the FEMA App to receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service, locate open emergency shelters and community recovery centers, and get additional preparedness information.

    FEMA Supporting Local, State, Tribal, and Territorial Governments:

    • FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) is activated to Level I (the highest activation level).
    • FEMA, through the NRCC and its regional offices, is monitoring the effects and track of Hurricane Dorian and remains in contact with state and tribal emergency management officials.
    • FEMA Region IV deployed a liaison officer and a Regional Incident Management Assistance Team to the Florida Emergency Operations Center.
    • FEMA logistics staging and transportation teams are in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to support response efforts.
      • FEMA deployed Incident Management Assistance Teams to Puerto Rico ahead of Tropical Storm Dorian that are based in San Juan, Ponce and Aguadilla.  A team is also in the U.S. Virgin Islands and additional teams are on standby.
    • FEMA’s Mobile Emergency Response Support Disaster Emergency Communications are in both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to help support local emergency communication systems.
  • Normal Windows and Storm Safety

    We are still in the midst of Hurricane season, and heading into National Preparedness Month: While you may not consider yourself a "Prepper", there is a simple step you can take to help assure your home is safer for any coming storm... check out your windows. Windows can protect you from winds, rain, heat, and cold - but they can also leak air and water, or worse  - the can shatter and become hazards. So don't think you must live in an area where storm windows are a "must" to think about windows and weather safety... check out your windows today.

    Don't Ignore These Windows Warning Signs

    We love a good window — especially one that lets light in but keeps the other elements out. Your window panes withstand a lot of abuse from heat, wind, debris and humidity, and even living creatures can inflict harm on your light panels.

    Over time, their form and function can decline, but when should you address potential issues? Below are six things not to ignore when it comes to your windows:

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    1. Wood rot on the inside or outside of the window frame is an indication of water damage. If the exterior or interior structure is rotten, then water can infiltrate and cause damage to drywall, insulation and the wood support frames in your home.

    2. Signs of condensation in double-paned windows let you know that the watertight seals have damage or aren't working at all. The benefit of double-paned windows is the insulation from temperature changes and noise. Take away the benefit and you just have twice the amount of glass. Look for a white or cloudy film in between the glass panels; this is calcium residue.

    3. Water stains on walls under or around your windows are a clear sign of water damage. Broken window seals, cracks in the glass and gravity causing the house to settle are all opportunities for water to enter and cause problems. Similar to windows with wood rot, stains indicate a trouble zone that can result in costly repairs and health problems.

    4. Homes built before 1960 could contain lead-based paint, including around your window trim. If your home is a mid-century modern, chances are it contains this potential hazard. Replacing windows in this situation requires a professional who holds a certification in lead-safe remediation.

    5. An old window that won't stay open is a candidate for replacement. Broken weight and balance components, pulley systems, or locks are sometimes difficult to locate, rendering your window useless or potentially dangerous. If you fear for the safety of your fingers, then consider replacing the entire window.

    6. Diagonal cracks in walls around your windows could be pointing to foundation or crawl space damage. Gravity is inevitable, but during construction builders (should) consider the effects of gravity on a home and minimize its potential.

    When a building settles over time, the foundation can crack, and the house will shift. It's this alteration that causes cracks in walls and especially around windows.

    Houses built on crawl spaces face a similar scenario. Damage to blocks or piers will cause the weight of the house to redistribute. Like a shockwave, the ripples appear as cracks in the walls. If you notice hairline splits in the walls around your windows, call a foundation expert immediately.

    Also read: Window Safety Task ForceAre Window Blinds a Death Trap?How High-Speed Winds Can Damage Your Home, and Strengthen your home

  • How High-Speed Winds Can Damage Your Home

    Here is the Midst of Hurricane Season, and heading toward National Preparedness Month we want to remind you to Prepare... Before or After isn't a viable question - get ready now.

    While your home may not be shattered, a lot of damage can occur - some not immediately apparent.

    It is important to educate yourself on all matters, especially when it comes to one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime — your home. To protect your family and your belongings, fully understanding how the structural frame of your home can be affected by high-speed winds or a hurricane is just the beginning.

    For more background reading, see these articles (or continue with this post below):

    Here are four of the most common types of damage that can occur from high-speed wind situations:

    palms at hurricane1. Uplifting

    During windstorms, both the speed and direction of winds can fluctuate, which can put pressure on all parts of your home. The roof is one of the most vulnerable parts of your house. As wind flows over the roof it creates a strong lifting effect, similar to air flowing over an airplane wing. If the connection between the roof and walls is not strong enough, the entire roof may detach from the rest of the structure. This is known as an uplift.

    To help prevent this from happening, it is important to have your roof professionally inspected to ensure the roof sheathing is properly installed and that nails are correctly penetrating the rafters or trusses. Depending on your location, it may also be a good idea to install specially designed metal connectors.

    2. Racking

    When wind exerts horizontal pressure on the house, causing the structure to tilt or lean, this is referred to as racking.

    3. Sliding

    Sliding occurs when horizontal pressure forces the house to slide off the foundation.

    4. Overturning

    If the house is unable to rack or slide, the lateral forces from the wind may cause the house to completely rotate off its foundation.

    While an uplift might be a more common occurrence during high-speed windstorms, it is important for you to have your entire home checked and inspected if you live in an area where storms are common. Speak with a representative about the residential building codes in your area to ensure you meet all the minimum building requirements.

    To avoid or better protect your home against high-speed wind damage, consider speaking with your builder or remodeler about making adjustments to your home such as creating a continuous load path, which is a method of construction that ties your entire house together from top to bottom. By connecting and strengthening the structural frame of the house, along with the use of storm shutters and impact-resistant windows, your home will be better equipped to handle future high-speed windstorms.

    Regardless of what you decide to do, make sure you involve yourself in the entire process from start to finish so that you and your family understand what's being done and how this will protect your home. Don't be afraid to ask questions and get recommendations.

  • Preparation is Key: How to Make Sure Your Office is Hurricane Ready

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    Time to get your office ready for hurricane season - see our hurricane supplies for the office, be sure to visit our hundreds of articles about Disaster & Survival Preparedness and check out the great infographic from Quill below!

    Preparation is Key: How to Make Sure Your Office is Hurricane Ready

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  • What is a trusted source of information during an emergency?

    Today's Hurricane Preparedness Week Topic is "Identify your trusted sources of information for a hurricane event."

    As Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, we have shared a good deal of information about weather alerts and warnings:

    During emergencies, rumors and misinformation spread (dare we say like wildfire?) In a calamitous event, you need valid information about safety and resources. What are some other sources of trusted information? Hurricane_INFO_4-4-16

    NOAA's National Hurricane Center and Central Pacific Hurricane Center are your official sources for hurricane forecasts and the issuance of hurricane watches and warnings. Your local NOAA National Weather Service forecast office provides information regarding the expected impacts from the storm for your area. Emergency managers will make the decisions regarding evacuations.

    Organizations such as FLASH make disaster safety recommendations. And the media outlets will broadcast this information to you. All work together to be your trusted sources, especially for those less able to take care of themselves.

  • Strengthen your home

    Disaster-Survival-GearDay 5 of Hurricane Preparedness Week - time to think about Strengthening your home.

    If you plan to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Many of these retrofits do not cost much or take as long to do as you may think. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand the winds.Hurricane_StrengthenHome_4-4-16

  • Assemble Disaster Supplies

    Day 3 of Hurricane Preparedness Week! Today's topic is "Assemble Disaster Supplies"

    You’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of one week. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. Many of us have cell phones, and they all run on batteries. You’re going to need a portable, crank or solar powered USB charger.

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    Hurricanes: Assembling a Disaster Kit...

    What to Plan For

    You'll need to plan for two situations: Remaining in your home after a disaster or evacuating to a safer location.

    Have a three-day supply of food and water on hand -- plan for one gallon of water per person per day and food that won't spoil.

    Keep a manual can opener and emergency tools including a fire extinguisher, battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of batteries.

    Disaster Supply Checklist

    Be sure to gather the following items to ensure your family's basic comfort and well-being in case of evacuation.

    • Cash -- Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods.
    • Water -- at least one gallon per person per day for three to seven days, plus water for pets.
    • Food -- at least enough for three to seven days, including: Non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices, food for infants and the elderly, snack food, non-electric can opener, vitamins, paper plates, plastic utensils.
    • Radio -- battery powered and NOAA weather radio with extra batteries.
    • Blankets, pillows etc. 
    • Clothing -- seasonal, rain gear/ sturdy shoes.
    • First Aid Kit -- plus medicines, prescription drugs.
    • Special items -- for babies and the elderly.
    • Toiletries -- hygiene items, moisture wipes, sanitizer.
    • Flashlight and batteries.
    • Keys.
    • Toys, books, games.
    • Pet care items, proper identification, immunization records, ample food and water, medicine, a carrier or cage, leash.

    Store important documents in a fire and water proof container.

    • Insurance papers
    • Medical records
    • Bank account numbers
    • Social Security cards
    • Deeds or mortgages
    • Birth and marriage certificates
    • Stocks and bonds
    • Recent tax returns
    • Wills

    Keep Your Kit Fresh

    Remember to replace stored food and water every six months (or stock 5 year shelf life Emergency Food & Water) keep a supply of fresh batteries on hand and keep your most important up-to-date family papers in a fire and water proof container.

    The Importance of Water

    Stocking an emergency water supply should be one of your top priorities so you will have enough water on hand for yourself and your family.

    While individual needs will vary depending on age, physical condition, activity, diet and climate, a normally active person needs at least two quarts of drinking water daily. Children, nursing mothers and people who are ill need more water.

    Very hot temperatures can also double the amount of water needed. Because you will also need water for sanitary purposes, and possibly for cooking, you should store at least one gallon of water per person per day.

    When storing water, use thoroughly washed plastic, fiberglass or enamel-lined containers. Don't use containers that can break, such as glass bottles. Never use a container that has held toxic substances. Camping supply stores offer a variety of appropriate containers.

    Plastic containers, like soda bottles, are best. Seal your water containers tightly, label them and store them in a cool, dark place. It is important to change stored water every six months.

     

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