Home Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness Begins At Home

Planning ahead for an emergency will give you peace of mind and can keep your family and friends safe. Woburn officials are preparing for a range of possible emergencies, from hurricanes and blizzards to a flu pandemic and acts of terrorism. You can help also. Here are some simple steps you can take to prepare.

Family Communication Plan

Know how your family will contact each other and where you will meet.

Food & Water

Have a three day food and water supply for each person in your home.Remember individual diet needs and plan for your pets.

First Aid & Tools

Have a first aid kit with health products and prescription medicine.

Evacuation Kit

Have supplies ready in your car or in a backpack in case you must leave home. Pack lightly and include basic supplies for 24 to 48 hours.


Every six months review your plans and supplies with everyone in your home. Replace expired food, water, and medicine. Update your communication plan.

Your plan and emergency supplies should meet your family’s needs.
Add to this list as you think of other essential items.

Food & Water
3- Day food and water supply:

  • Bottled Water
  • One Gallon, per person, per day
  • Keep in cool, dry place

Dry & Canned Foods

  • Canned fruits, vegetables, and meats
  • Manual can opener
  • Juice boxes, canned milk
  • Dried fruit, nuts, crackers
  • Cereal bars
  • Baby food and formula
  • Pet food

First Aid

  • First aid kit
  • Bandages, gauze, rubbing alcohol
  • Medical gloves, tape, and scissors
  • Pain relievers
  • Prescription medicine

Health Products

  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste

Tools & Special Items

Remember these important items:

  • Flashlight, battery-powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Birth certificates
  • Bank account numbers

Evacuation Kit

  • Pack lightly for 24 to 48 hours
  • A change of clothing
  • Bottled water and cereal bars
  • First aid supplies
  • Prescription medicine

Family Communication Plan

Your family may not be together when an emergency occurs. Plan how you will contact each other. Encourage others to plan ahead. Remember neighbors who need help. Include an out-of-state contact for family members to check in with.

Planning can be a family project. Involve children and discuss why you are planning.

Complete this list and make copies for each person in your home.

Meeting Places:
Outside your home: _________________
Outside your neighborhood: __________________

Out of State Contact:
Name: ____________________
Telephone: _____________________
Email: ____________________

Family Information:
Name: _______________________
Cell Ph: ___________________
Medical Information: ________________________

Name: _______________________
Cell Ph: ____________________
Medical Information: _______________________

Name: ________________________
Cell Ph: ________________________
Medical Information: _________________________

Name: ___________________
Cell Ph: ___________________________
Medical Information: ____________________________

Other Information: __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________

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