Plan and Prepare



Discuss with your family what to do before, during, and after an emergency. Planning ahead now will help everyone be better prepared.


Make an emergency kit before a disaster with basic items your family may need during or after an emergency. Make sure everyone knows where to find it.

Stay Informed.

Know the hazards where you live. Have a way to monitor severe weather. Register for Haywood Alerts to receive emergency notifications wherever you are.

Build Your Family’s Emergency Kit

Items everyone should include:


  • Water (one gallon per person per day. for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (several day supply, non-perishable)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid Kit
  • Extra Batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust Mask (to filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and backup battery

Additional items to consider:


  • Masks (for everyone ages 2 and up), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes
  • Prescription medications (and copy of actual prescription)
  • Over-the-counter medications (pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids, laxatives, allergy medications
  • Eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes
  • Pet food and water
  • Small amount of cash
  • Important family documents (insurance policies, IDs, bank account records) in waterproof container
  • Sleeping bag or blanket for each person
  • One change of clothes and extra outer layer, sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Waterproof matches
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene
  • Mess kit โ€” plates, cups, cutlery
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, kids activities

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