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Yonkers Preparedness Month

Be Prepared: Family Supply List

We encourage every Yonkers family to be prepared. Residents should gather supplies for a “Go Bag” in case of an emergency evacuation and prepare an emergency supply kit to store safely at home. Every family is different, so each family or individual should have a customized supply kit to meet their specific needs, including medications, infant formula and important documents. Here’s a list of recommended supply items:

Yonkers Preparedness Month“Go Bags”

  • Copies of your important documents
  • Credit and ATM cards and cash, especially in small denominations ($50 - $100)
  • An extra set of car and house keys
  • Bottled water and non-perishable food such as energy or granola bars
  • Cans of pet food and pet dishes
  • A flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • Batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Rain jackets and ponchos
  • A lighter and matches
  • A first aid kit, with a list of the medications each member of your household takes and their dosages
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Child care supplies
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • A can opener
  • Cell phone with chargers or solar charger
  • A complete change of clothing, including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes


Emergency Supply Kit

Recommended Supplies to Include in a Basic Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered 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
  • Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

Clothing and Bedding:

Because we live a cold weather climate, you must think about warmth. It is possible that the power will be out and you will not have heat. Rethink your clothing and bedding supplies to account for growing children and other family changes. One complete change of warm clothing and shoes per person, including:

  • A jacket or coat
  • Long pants
  • A long sleeve shirt
  • Sturdy shoes
  • A hat and gloves
  • A sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person

Family Supply List (continued):

Below are some other items for your family to consider adding to its supply kit. Some of these items can be dangerous, so please have an adult collect these supplies.

  • Emergency reference materials such as a first aid book
  • Rain gear
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  • Cash or traveler's checks, change
  • Paper towels
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Tent
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Signal flare
  • Paper, pencil
  • Personal hygiene items including feminine supplies
  • Disinfectant
  • Household chlorine bleach - You can use bleach as a disinfectant (diluted nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to treat water. Use 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Medicine dropper
  • Important Family Documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container

Information courtesy of Ready.gov. Learn more, prepare, plan and stay informed at www.ready.gov.