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Tim Farley, Director
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Mercer County OEM
Helping residents to Plan, Prepare, Respond, Recover

GET A KIT ! - Emergency Supply Kit

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer.

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both flashlight and extra batteries

First aid kit

Whistle to signal for help

Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

Local maps

Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an
Emergency Supply Kit:
-- Prescription medications and glasses
-- Infant formula and diapers
-- Pet food and extra water for your pet
-- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
-- Cash or traveler's checks and change
-- Emergency reference material
such as a first aid book or information from
-- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.

-- Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.

-- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper. When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
-- Fire Extinguisher

-- Matches in a waterproof container
-- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items

-- Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels

-- Paper and pencil

-- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

 Specific Hazards
Chemical Emergencies
nerve agents…
Radiation Emergencies
Dirty bombs,
nuclear blasts…
Mass Casualties
Natural Disasters & Severe Weather
Earthquakes, volcanoes…
Recent Outbreaks & Incidents


Information from U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team

    FEMA: Floods



Safeguard Your Documents Against Fire & Flood


 Floods: Before, During and After the Disaster


Eastern Area Coordination Center


National Interagency Fire Center


   Insight Article: Wildfire Safety


   Insight Article: Emergency Fire Safety





National Weather Service

NOAA Information

 Thunderstorms and Lightning


Insight Article: Preparing for and responding to a Power Outage




   USGS National Earthquake Information Center

   U.S. Geological Survey


   Insight Article: Earthquakes

FEMA: Tornado

Tornados . . .

Insight Article: Preparing for a Tornado


National Hurricane Center Hurricanes

FEMA: Hurricanes


Insight Article: Hurricane Preparedness



National Drought Mitigation Center

   US Drought Assessment - NOAA

   NOAA Information


      Insight Article: Store for Thirst First!

  FEMA: Extreme Heat

FEMA: Are You Ready?


   Insight Article: Water Storage Options



FEMA: Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

Insight Article: Emergency Warmth


Insight Article: Traveling in the Winter


Insight Article: Winter Auto Preparedness and Safety


Insight Article: Winter Camping


Staying Warm


   FEMA : Before Winter Storms

  National Weather Service



   Insight Article: Traveling in the Winter

   Insight Article: Winter Automobile Preparedness

and Safety

   Winter Camping Tips

   Insight Article: Winter Wonderland

   FEMA: Tsunamis


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration



CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams)

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)


Insight Articles



Make A Plan

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.

Family Emergency Plan

  • Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
  • Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.
  • Teach family members how to use text messaging (also knows as SMS or Short Message Service). Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
  • Subscribe to alert services. Many communities now have systems that will send instant text alerts or e-mails to let you know about bad weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc. Sign up by visiting your local Office of Emergency Management web site.