Take steps to be prepared

Emergency Preparedness Checklist

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) September is National Preparedness Month and Kent County wants residents and everyone to know what they need to do to protect themselves and their families.

An emergency kit is needed in case of severe weather, flooding, or other disaster. Some items you should keep on hand in your home include:

  • Solar-powered radio or battery-powered radio
  • Matches or lighters
  • Up to 14 days of water and non-perishable food for people and pets
  • Can opener
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • One week supply of medication
  • Personal hygiene products

You should rotate your basic emergency kit every six to 12 months. Also consider keeping one in your car, including a cell phone charger.

Emergency officials recommend you purchase a NOAA weather radio. Weather radios can be programmed to deliver severe weather alerts the same time as emergency personnel.

Another great tip is to put your insurance information and other important records on a flash drive and give it to a family member or trusted friend. That way, your information is preserved in case your paper documents are destroyed.

Additional Resources

ready.gov

accessKent.com/GETREADY

getReadyKent.org

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