Risk factors for residents of Montgomery County include, but are not limited to, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, chemical leaks and spills and acts of terrorism. The THE FOLLOWING STEPS will help your family be better prepared to meet the challenges you will face during an emergency whether is a personal one such as a house fire or an area-wide disaster such as a hurricane.
Include at least a three day supply of food, water and other supplies. Montgomery County is currently suggesting 5 to 7 days of food and water. Place in a covered, waterproof container or backpack for convenience in case you must evacuate. Store in a convenient, cool location and replace or rotate items periodically as needed. Supplies in a basic kit might include the following:
Water (1 gallon per person per day) and Food (non-perishable)
Cash (small bills)
Manual can opener
Flashlight, Radio, extra batteries
Cell phone w/charger (inverter or solar)
First aid kit; insect repellant; sunscreen
Personal hygiene items, bar/liquid soap
Hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
Daily medications, disinfectant wipes
Sleeping bag and/or bedding
Filter mask (preferably N95), gloves
Plastic sheeting and duct tape
Garbage bags and plastic ties
Emergency plan and contact information Important family documents
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Unique family needs for infants, elderly, disabled, etc. Map
Pencil, paper, maps
Whether the emergency is a personal one such as a house fire or an area-wide disaster, an emergency plan is important to help you locate family members and communicate with them. Sit down with your family, make a plan, give each family member a copy and periodically review the plan with them. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, think about where you would go to be safe in case you need to evacuate.
get information before, during and after the emergency
Find opportunities to support community preparedness. This might include becoming CERT trained and volunteering to support disaster efforts in your community, becoming part of the community planning process, joining or starting a preparedness project, or supporting major disaster response/relief efforts by donating cash or goods to meet the needs of your community during a disaster.