Be Prepared for Emergencies

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Be Prepared For A Disaster
Gather & Store Your Supplies
“Great Emergency Apps for You to Use”


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Be Prepared For A Disaster

Disaster may strike when your family is not together, so it is important to plan in advance: Decide together how each of you will contact one another; and depending on any given situation; how will you get back together.

Family Emergency Plan

  • Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
  • Be sure every member of your family knows everyone’s phone number including the out-of-town contact number. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know.
  • Check to see that all family members know how to use text messaging. Text messages can frequently send and receive while network disruptions occur and a phone call cannot get through.
  • Keep your MediPal® with you by strapping it onto your arm, backpack, purse etc. It may come in handy if phone numbers or other information is needed.


Have some cash stashed away in your home. Not more than you feel you can afford to lose.

Arrange at your bank for electronic payments to be made for your Social Security benefits. Keep in mind a disaster can disrupt mail service for days or even weeks.

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Gather & Store Your Supplies

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days.


It may include:

  • Your MediPal® Seatbelt ID, with the Information Insert filled out listing your personal contacts, your Medical Prescriptions, Medical insurance membership number, Medicare/Medicaid number, physician contact information, list of your allergies and health history. Medical alert tags or bracelets or written descriptions of your disability and support needs, in case you are unable to describe the situation in an emergency
  • a flashlight,
  • a portable radio, battery-powered or hand crank
  • extra batteries,
  • a first-aid kit,
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • non-perishable packaged and canned food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • bottled water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • a basic tool kit,
  • plastic bags,
  • cash,
  • a throw-away camera to take pictures of the property damage after the storm.
  • Eyeglasses
  • Hearing aids
  • Supplies for any pets you may have
  • Extra medicine
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Cell phone with chargers

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and shoes.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Your kit should be customized based on your own personal needs.


  • Your MediPal® Seatbelt ID
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Water
  • Work Gloves
  • Light Sticks
  • Moist Towelettes
  • Blanket
  • Cash
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Poncho or other rain gear
  • A multi-purpose knife
  • Prescription Meds (back up)
  • Eye Glasses
  • Toilet paper/Tissue
  • Toothbrush
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Gloves
  • Collapsible Shovel

Your kit should be customized based on your own personal needs.

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****The information provided is for your information and is not considered complete. Any links provided does not suggest endorsement by MediPal® Inc. Remember, your kit should be customized based on your own personal needs.

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