ARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY READY FOR AN EMERGENCY?
Emergencies affect hundreds of people every year. One may hit your installation and community and challenge you and your family. When emergencies occur, military and civilian organizations respond, but it takes time to mobilize and they focus on the most critical needs first.
All personnel should maintain a basic level of preparedness for potential hazards.
You are encouraged to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan and be informed about what might happen.
For more information about preparedness and the Army Ready program, call the Fort Wainwright Emergency Management Office at 907-353-9755.
WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BASIC HOME KIT
- Water — at least one gallon per person per day for at least three days
- Food — nonperishable food for at least three days (select items that require no preparation, refrigeration or cooking such as high-energy foods and ready-to-eat canned meat, vegetables and fruit)
- Manual can opener (if the food is canned), preferably on a multi-tool
- Reusable plates, cups, utensils, saucepan (Note: A metal bowl can double as a cup or plate.)
- First-aid kit
- Prescription medications and medical equipment/care aids
- N95- or N100-rated dust masks
- Personal sanitation supplies, such as moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties
- Hand-crank or battery-operated flashlight
- Hand-crank radio or battery-operated cellphone charger
- All-hazards NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio
- Extra batteries at the size required
- Brightly colored plastic poncho (can be used as shelter, clothing or a marker)
- Weather-appropriate clothing to keep your family warm and dry
- Cash in the local currency
- Any tools needed to turn off utilities
- Local maps and your family emergency plan
- Your command reporting information — know the Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System (ADPAAS)
- Important documents: will, medical and financial power of attorney, property documents, medical instructions
- Emergency preparedness handbook
- Infant formula and diapers for young children
- Pet supplies, including food, water, medication, leash, travel case and documents
- Matches or flint in a waterproof container
- Sleeping bag or other weather-appropriate bedding for each person
- Coats, jackets and rain gear
- Fire extinguisher
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles, toys and other activities for children
- Any items necessary for a specific type of disaster
More resources and information are available at www.ready.army.mil or call 907-353-9755 for an appointment or to schedule a briefing for your unit.