Jacksonville, Alabama

Planning for Disasters

There are two type of disasters you need to plan for. The first is a “Natural Disaster” This could be as small as a house fire, heavy rains to flooding rains in and around your home to area flooding to straight line winds to EF-1Tornado. This is not a big disaster on the governments side of the house, but to you this could be a major disaster for a number of reasons. The disaster could be on a much larger scale like a series of Tornadoes, to a large scale Hurricane like Hurricane Katrina. The second is “Man Made”. Man Made disasters can range from accidents like a tractor hitting a natural gas line to someone causing (arson) a brush fire to a train derailment with leaking tanker cars to a full out terrorist attack

A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.