Office of Emergency Preparedness
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One of the cornerstones of Preparedness is having the supplies you need when you need them. FEMA recommends a basic kit, but a personal preparedness kit can include anything you want or need. Keep it portable and only essential items. Below are suggestions and recommendations for kits that can save lives.

A Good Preparedness Kit For Your Home Should Contain:
  • Water: one-gallon per day - per person
  • Food: Non-Perishable
  • Battery-Powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlights and Extra Batteries
  • First Aid Kit and Necessary Medications
  • List of all prescription Medications
  • Prescription Medications and Glasses
  • Signal Whistle
  • Dust Mask(s)
  • Personal Sanitation Items
  • Tools to turn off Utilities (wrench and pliers)
  • Can Opener for Food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local Maps
A Good Preparedness Kit For Your Automobile Should Contain:
  • Jumper Cables
  • Flashlights and Extra Batteries
  • First Aid Kit and Necessary Medications
  • Prescription Medications and Glasses
  • Food Items Containing Protein Such as Nuts and Energy Bars; Canned Fruit and Portable Can Opener
  • Water for Each Person and Pet in Your Car
  • AM/FM Radio to Listen to Traffic Reports and Emergency Messages
  • Cat Litter, Oil Dry, or Sand for Better Traction
  • Shovel and Ice Scraper
  • Warm Clothes, Gloves, Hat, Sturdy Boots, Jacket and an Extra Chang of Clothes
  • Blankets and Sleeping Bags
A Good Preparedness Kit For Your Pet Should Contain:
  • Food: 3-Days in an Adequate Container
  • Water: 3-Day Consumption
  • Medicines and Medical Records
  • First Aid Kit: Talk to Your Veterinarian About What Your Pet Needs
  • Collar With ID Tags, Harness, or Leash
  • Crate or Other Pet Carrier
  • Sanitation: Litter, Newspaper, and Items to Clean Up Messes
  • A Picture of You and Your Pet Together:
    • A Picture Can Help With the Reunification Process
  • Familiar Items, Such as Toys to Help Reduce Stress
Also Consider:
  • A Fully-Charged Cell Phone and Charger
  • Important Family Documents
  • Flares or Reflective Triangles
  • Baby Formula and Diapers if Necessary
  • Be Prepared for an Emergency by Keeping the Gas Tank Full and if You Are Stranded, Be Safe and Stay in Your Car, Put on Your Flashers, Call for Help and Wait Until it Arrives.
  • CodeRED Notification System Registration - Sign up to either get regular communications from the Cleveland Department of Public Health (and opt-out any time), or sign up to get only the emergency notifications sent straight to your phone and email.
  • Telephone Directory for Emergency Information
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Registration and Information - volunteer with other members of the community and get emergency training, equipment, and be added to a notification list to help our City in times of crisis!
Office of Emergency Preparedness Coordinator:
Rob Jelf
Phone: (216) 664-4697