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Preparing for an Emergency

The Right Supplies

Your preparation starts with three basic supplies:

  • Flashlights or battery-powered lanterns with extra batteries. Don’t use candles, which pose a fire risk.
  • Water to last three days. That’s at least one gallon per person, per day, for drinking and sanitation. Store additional water for pets.
  • A battery-powered radio with extra batteries. If the power goes out for an extended period, a battery-powered radio lets you receive information.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides a comprehensive list of items to include in an emergency supply kit.

Please note that Baltimore County does not provide dry ice following power outages.

Making an Emergency Plan

A good home emergency plan includes family communication, insurance protection, protection of vital records and documents and caring for animals.

Emergency Preparedness for Pets

Pet owners must plan how they will care for their animals during an emergency. Preparing for your pets involves having the right supplies and knowing where you will take your pet if you need to evacuate.

Renter's Insurance

Many renters do not have renter’s insurance to cover the loss of their belongings in case of a fire or other emergency—even though renter’s insurance is inexpensive, sometimes as little as $10 or $15 a month.

Many renters mistakenly assume that their belongings are covered under the landlord's insurance policies. This is not so. Renters must insure the value of their own possessions.

For more information about renter's assurance, visit the Maryland Insurance Administration and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Flood Insurance

Residents who live in flood-prone areas need to purchase flood insurance. Homeowner's policies do not cover flood damage. The National Flood Insurance Program provides flood insurance.

Shelter in Place or Evacuate?

During a major emergency, emergency responders may advise you to "shelter in place" or evacuate. Make sure you understand these terms and follow emergency managers' instructions.

Additional Resources

Many resources are available to help you prepare for an emergency. Here are a few:

 
Revised May 10, 2019         

 

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