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Make Your Own Ready Kit.

   

 

Make your own Ready kit with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for petsseniors or family members with special needs. Add those items to your kit and start packing it today. Download the Ready Georgia mobile app to have this checklist with you all the time.

Or, for a customized emergency plan that will include a detailed checklist with items that are specific to you and your family’s needs, as well as a communications plan to help you reconnect after an emergency, create a user profile now.

Recommended Items

  • Water. One gallon per person per day, for at least 3 days, for drinking and hygiene
  • Food. At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Can opener. For food, if kit contains canned food
  • Radio. 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
  • Face mask. To help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place
  • Moist towelettesgarbage bags and plastic ties. For personal hygiene
  • Wrench or pliers. To turn off utilities
  • Local maps
Additional Items
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food, extra water, pet supplies, toys and vaccination forms.
  • 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 Ready America
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider adding bedding in cold weather.
  • Complete change of clothing. Include a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider adding clothing in cold weather.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.

For a list of community preparedness resources, view our Online Toolkit.

And, is your business ready?

Download Adobe Reader to view the PDF file.

View the American Sign Language video on general emergency preparedness at Accessible Emergency Info's YouTube channel.

In addition to creating a Ready kit, it is important to stay informed. Learn more about potential threats and disasters.

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Get Ready for Extreme Weather and Natural Disasters

Natural and man-made disasters can strike at any time such as ice storms, wildfires, floods and more. This section helps you learn how to plan, prepare and stay informed when you need it most. You can also keep this information with you all the time by downloading the Ready Georgia mobile app.

Alerts and Warnings

It's vital to stay informed about changing weather. Today's technologies make it easier than ever to stay weather aware. Learn more about your options for receiving severe weather warnings, even while you sleep...

Drought

From 2007 through the first part of 2009, Georgia faced one of the most severe droughts in history. Our rivers and reservoirs were at record lows, and many of our communities faced water shortages that challenged their ability to meet water supply needs.

Earthquakes

One of the most destructive phenomena of nature is an earthquake and its aftereffects. Although there are no guarantees of safety during an earthquake, identifying potential hazards ahead of time and advance planning can save lives and significantly reduce injuries and property damage.

Explosions

Explosions usually occur suddenly, so it's important to learn in advance how to respond to an explosion and its aftermath.

Extreme Heat

Temperatures that hover 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature for the region and last for several weeks are defined as extreme heat. Heat kills by taxing the human body beyond its abilities. In Georgia, it is not unusual for temperatures to soar into the 90s.

Floods and Flash Floods

Floods are the second most common and widespread of all natural disasters, after fire. In Georgia, most communities experience some kind of flooding after spring rains or heavy thunderstorms.

House Fires

Each year, household fires cause almost 4,000 Americans deaths and more than 25,000 injuries. Many residential fire-related deaths remain preventable through planning and proper response.

Hurricanes

As a coastal state, Georgia is particularly at risk for hurricanes. Storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico have the potential to affect our state. Every resident should plan what to do in the event of an evacuation.

Influenza Pandemic

An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges for which there is little or no immunity in the human population. The virus begins to cause serious illness and then spreads easily person-to-person worldwide.

Public Health Emergencies

Public health emergencies can strike at any time. Chemical threats. Biological threats. Ebola. Learn how to plan, prepare and stay informed to help protect yourself and your family.
 

Natural and man-made disasters can strike at any time such as ice storms, wildfires, floods and more. This section helps you learn how to plan, prepare and stay informed when you need it most. You can also keep this information with you all the time by downloading the Ready Georgia mobile app.

Terrorism

Terrorism is a deliberate use of violence against civilians for political or religious means. Each day, terrorists may be working to obtain chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive weapons.

Thunderstorms and Lightning

All thunderstorms are dangerous because they can produce strong winds, lightning, tornadoes, hail and flash flooding. The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes.

Tornadoes

Tornadoes are nature's most violent storms. They can appear without warning and can be invisible until dust and debris are picked up or a funnel cloud appears. Planning and practicing specifically how and where you take shelter is a matter of survival.

Wildfires

More and more people are making their homes in wooded settings near forests and remote mountains sites. There, homeowners enjoy the beauty of the environment, but face the very real danger of wildfires.

Winter Advisories and Ice Storms

While the danger from winter weather varies across the state, most Georgians are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives.


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