What can you do to prepare for an emergency?

Have a family emergency plan. A family emergency plan will let the members of your family know what to do in the event of an emergency.

The plan should contain:
  • Emergency contact numbers for the members of your family, the police department, fire department, emergency medical services, utility providers, and poison control.
  • A map showing the escape routes from your house, and the assembly points so you can find each other after you get out of the house.
  • A list of contact numbers for family members and friends outside of the immediate area that can be called in case local telephone systems are tied up.
  • The location of your family disaster kit, and the checklist that keeps the contents of the kit up to date.

What should your family have in the family disaster kit?

A family disaster kit will be very important to you in the time right after a disaster. You should get together with your family, and make a checklist of the things that you may need until help arrives, and store the emergency kit in a container like a large plastic tub with a lid.


Your family emergency kit should contain:
  • A first aid kit and first aid manual
  • A flashlight with extra batteries
  • A battery powered radio with extra batteries
  • Canned or other non-perishable food
  • A manual can opener
  • A pocket knife
  • Bottled water
  • Copies of important family papers
  • Blankets
  • A list of emergency contact numbers
  • Important prescription medicines

What are some of the possible types of disasters that may occur in South Carolina?

  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Floods
  • Winter Storms
  • Earthquakes