Do you have a Disaster Preparedness Checklist?

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Greater Good Charities is committed to being There When It Matters® and we know the importance of being prepared. Disaster can happen at any time, so we created this checklist so you can be ready.

Preparing for Disaster

​First, it is essential to discuss what types of disasters might happen in your area and learn how to protect yourself from each.
  • Does your household know what alerts or sirens occur in your community during disasters? 
  • Keep the National Weather Service on your devices to see active alerts. Also, have a battery-operated radio on hand to access these alerts. 
  • Create a list of local organizations and first responders with information on how to contact them. Keep this list in an area everyone in your household can access.

Create a Disaster Plan

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Create a disaster plan for your household and have multiple options based on the type of disaster and location. This ensures a plan is in place depending on whether household members are at home, work, school, or somewhere else.

  • What responsibilities will each household member have?
  • How will you get out of your house in case of a fire? 
  • Where will you meet? Pick a location inside your home, close to your home, and somewhere outside your neighborhood or city if you cannot return home. Determine what type of disaster applies to each meeting place.  
  • Does every household member know where emergency and disaster supply kits are kept? 
  • If anyone in your household has special needs, ensure they are covered in the plan.  
  • Include pets in your supply kit and your disaster planning.

Create a Communication Plan

  • If a household member is frequently traveling, determine how to stay in communication.
  • Ensure members of your household have a saved emergency contact list. Memorize the most important numbers. 
  • Ensure members of your household know how to dial 911 or use the emergency feature on their mobile devices.

Create a Disaster Supply Kit

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Pack your supply kit in something easy to carry, such as a backpack or duffel bag. This should be prepared in advance, and you should check your supplies every few months.

Supplies to Include
  • One gallon per person per day.
  • Three-day supply per person.
  • Portable water filter or filtration straw.
  • Non-perishable or canned food, approximately 1,500 calories per day per person, enough for seven days.
  • Food for the elderly or infants. 
First Aid Kit & Medical Supplies
  • Latex Gloves 
  • Gauze 
  • Band-Aids 
  • Antiseptic Wipes  
  • Soap 
  • Eye Wash Solution
  • Scissors
  • Medical Adhesive Tape
  • Pain Relievers: Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Aspirin
  • Tweezers
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Safety Pins
  • Thermometer
  • Face Masks 
Tools & Supplies
  • Escape Ladder  
  • Compass 
  • Fire Extinguisher 
  • Toilet Paper, Towelettes, Sanitizer, Soap, Detergent 
  • Storage Containers, Garbage Bags, Zip Ties
  • Pencil and Paper 
  • Hygiene Items and Feminine Supplies 
  • Battery-Powered Radio 
  • Flashlight 
  • Extra Batteries 
  • Candles
  • Matches in a Waterproof Container
  • Whistle
  • Multi-Function Tools
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Duct Tape
  • Two-Way Radio 
Clothing and Bedding
  • Blankets, Pillows, Sleeping Bags  
  • Rain Gear 
  • Towels 
  • Closed-Toe Shoes 
  • Coat 
  • Rain Gear 
Personal Items
  • Important Personal Identification Documents and Medical Records (Store in Waterproof and Portable Containers) 
  • Prescriptions 
  • Medical Supplies 
  • Glasses or Extra Contact Lenses and Supplies
  • Books, Games, Cards, and Puzzles
  • Extra Cash
  • Local Maps
  • Cell Phone and Charger
  • Infant and Small Children’s Needs
  • Extra Clothing 
Pet Supplies
  • Seven-Day Food and Water Supply 
  • Food Dishes 
  • Medications 
  • Disposable Litter Trays and Litter 
  • Collar or Harness and Leash 
  • Blankets and Toys
  • Pet Carrier
  • Medical and Vaccination Records 
  • Veterinarian Information with Emergency Contact
  • Pet First Aid Kit


Practice, Practice, Practice

To be prepared for disaster, having a household meeting and practicing your disaster plans at least every six months is critical.    

  • Practice different disaster scenarios and go to your appointed meeting places.
  • Practice communication scenarios with and without phone or internet access.
  • Regularly check emergency contact information and update as needed.
  • Replace water and food every three months.
  • Practice first aid and CPR.
  • Ensure all household members know how to shut off utilities.
  • Review how to use fire extinguishers and where they are kept.

How we help Disaster Relief

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