Natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes can provide some damaging impacts. Even if there’s no risk of a natural disaster right now, it’s important to be safe and plan ahead. Here are a few tips on how to prepare.
The American Red Cross recommends keeping the following supplies at your home in case of a natural disaster:
- Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
- Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
- Flashlight Available on the Red Cross Store
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) Available on the Red Cross Store
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit Available on the Red Cross Store
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket Available on the Red Cross Store
- Map(s) of the area
- Baby supplies
- Pet supplies
Bristol Virginia Emergency Management works to protect citizens' lives and property from emergencies and disasters by coordinating emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts.