Be Prepared For An Emergency

Action Steps
The time to prepare for emergencies is now. By taking three action steps, residents can better safeguard themselves and their families in an event of an emergency.

Get A Kit
It is recommended that you have at least three days of supplies in an easy-to-carry evacuation kit, with additional supplies on hand including:
  • A supply of water sealed in unbreakable containers.
  • Non-perishable foods that require no refrigeration and are ready to eat with little or no preparation. A manual can opener is essential.
  • First-aid kit with prescription medications. Make sure medical information and instructions are clearly written.
  • Stay tuned and alert: Use battery or crank powered radios and flashlights.
  • Have a change of clothes, gloves, hats, and sturdy shoes available, in addition to blankets or sleeping bags. Pay attention to special items for infants, toddlers, disabled, or elderly family members.
  • Have photo id on hand, with important papers, copies of birth certificate, insurance policies, passports etc.
  • Cash and credit cards
Make A Plan
  • Devote some time to emergency planning, and make it a part of your normal routine.
  • Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to occur. Emergency plans can be used in response to various different disaster events.
  • Choose two places to meet after your disaster : (1) Right outside your home in an event of fire or (2) Outside you neighborhood in case you are unable to return home.
  • Practice, Practice – it is important practice the plan at least twice a year.
  • Ask an out of state friend to be your family contact. In an event of an emergency, other family members should call this person and tell them where they are. Make sure that everyone knows the emergency contact number.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by phones.
  • Discuss how you would take care of your pets in an emergency.
Be Informed
In an event of an emergency, residents should tune into their local radio and watch their local and regional television stations for emergency updates, and advisements.

Special Services
The Con Edison webpage provides a registration webpage for residents with special needs or who have Life Sustaining equipment in their home.