How can you prepare your home and family for future storms and emergency events?
Chester Township’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) instructs that residents need to prepare to fend for themselves for 72 hours. That’s how long it could take to get assistance. The OEM has put together the following recommendations to help all residents get prepared.
Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
The following items are recommended for your basic disaster supplies kit:
- 3-day supply of non-perishable food; and of water – one gallon of water per person, per day;
- Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries;
- Flashlight and extra batteries;
- First aid kit and manual;
- Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper);
- Matches and waterproof container;
- a whistle;
- Extra clothing;
- Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a manual can opener;
- Photocopies of credit cards and identification cards;
- Cash and coins;
- Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eyeglasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries;
- Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers;
- Other items to meet your unique family needs.
Because we live in a cold climate, you must think about warmth. It is possible that you will not have heat. Think about your clothing and bedding supplies. Be sure to include one complete change of clothing and shoes per person, including:
- jacket or coat;
- long pants;
- long sleeve shirt;
- sturdy shoes;
- hat, mittens, and scarf;
- sleeping bag or warm blanket (one per person).
Be sure to account for growing children and other family changes. You may want to add some of the items listed to your basic disaster supplies kit depending on the specific needs of your family. We recommend those with special needs register by clicking here, so that the township OEM can plan accordingly.
In-depth information on emergency preparedness can be accessed by clicking here.;
Do you have an alternate heat source for winter? How long can your family go without electricity? Water? Our entire Township is on well water, so additional water needs to be considered for toilet flushing, washing etc. If you’re able, please install a generator or at least have a portable unit capable of powering your well, furnace, and refrigerator.
JCP&L reminds customers to take precautions when using generators during power outages. Emergency power generators offer an option for customers needing or wanting uninterrupted service. However, to ensure the safety of the home’s occupants as well as that of utility company employees who may be working on power lines in the area, the proper generator should be selected and installed by a qualified electrician. When operating a generator, the power coming from the home should always be disconnected. Otherwise, power from the generator could be sent back into the utility lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers. See diagram for generator safety tips: