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Family preparedness

This is a checklist to help you and your family prepare for disruptions in public services or utilities. In general, you should prepare as you would for an approaching winter storm.

Source: New Mexico Department of Safety

Family preparedness check list

  • Flashlights, extra batteries
  • Portable radio and extra batteries
  • Extra blankets
  • Tools (hammer, nails - to hang blankets over doorways)
  • Sleeping
  • Insulated underwear (if during winter-time)
  • Knit caps
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof boots
  • First Aid Kit
  • First Aid Book
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Books
  • Check your smoke detector and have extra batteries
  • Diapers
  • Deck of cards, games (for kids of all ages, if there is no TV)
  • Baby formula
  • Toilet paper
  • Pointed shovel
  • Paper plates
  • Firewood
  • Keep your gas grill full. Only use outside, never in the house
  • Aspirin
  • Prescription medicine supply
  • Talk to neighbors you can "pool" some items - exchange ideas
  • Check with your City Hall, Police, Fire Dept.or [Red Cross](http://redcrossalbq.org/) for additional preparedness ideas
  • Your parents, grandparents - inform, reassure, help them prepare
  • Home medical monitoring equipment - check for a backup power source ie: batteries
  • If asked to evacuate your home, have a plan for your pet(s) to be taken care of. Some shelters will not allow pets. Except guide animals for the physically challenged.
  • Security systems - check for backup power
  • Stock supplies to last a week or so. Don't hoard, but consider stocking up on foods you normally eat that are non-perishable and pick up a few extra items each time you shop. That way the expense is low, and if you don't need them, you haven't lost any money since it's food you normally eat.
  • Water. Store potable water in empty soda bottles. Seal tight, and store enough for each person for a week or so. A normal active person requires about two quarts of water a day. Also, consider water for hygiene - washing, brushing teeth, flushing toilets, etc. Rotate your water storage changing water every 6 months.
  • Money. You might want a small amount of extra cash on hand. If you do, just keep enough for you feel comfortable with, and take it out ahead of time.

Family Safety and Preparedness Resources

These resources may be printed and shared with family, friends, or others in your community. If you would like a Red Cross Community Educator to visit with your organization or staff to provide a more formal program of education on safety and preparedness, please contact us at 505-265-8514, extension 37. Watch this page for regular updates and new safety/preparedness information!

Source: The American Red Cross

NEW - Pandemic Influenza preparation publication series

The SDSU Pandemic Planning Committee and the Brookings County Pandemic Planning Committee has developed this series of publications was developed to help families prepare for Pandemic Influenza.

Government checklists are good starting points for preparation, but in all of their community meetings/summits the group continues to get questions/ requests for more specifics on how to start the planning process, how much food and water to store, and many questions on the HR (employment related) and potential legal aspects of an outbreak. These publications are on our Avian/Pandemic Flu website linked on EDEN.