Disasters won't wait for COVID-19 to end, you shouldn't either

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Evacuating During Coronavirus

September is National Preparedness Month! One of the best ways to be prepared is to have a disaster supply kit ready to go. It's smart to have a kit ready with a collection of basic items your household may need during an emergency.

Even if you already have a kit it is a good idea to give it a refresh. Replace expired items and add new things you might need like facemasks and sanitizer.

Think about what you will need if:

You can't leave your home for several days. 

This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last a couple of days. Remember, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.

You have to evacuate your home. 

Assemble supplies that are ready for evacuation, both a “go-bag” you can carry when you evacuate on foot or public transportation and supplies for traveling by longer distances if you have a personal vehicle. Don't forget to plan for the five Ps in your evacuation kit:

  • People (bring everything you'll need for 72 hours) 
  • Pets (food, water, kennel, toys etc)
  • Papers (like the deed to your home, insurance papers, birth certificates, telephone numbers etc) 
  • Prescriptions 
  • Photos that can't be replaced.

You become stranded on the road or at work.

Regardless of the season, it's a good idea to prepare for an in-car emergency. Make sure you have things like: 

  • Snacks and water
  • Jumper cables
  • Flares or reflective triangle
  • Ice scraper
  • Car cell phone charger
  • Blanket
  • Map
  • Cat litter or sand (for better tire traction)

For more information about what to include in your emergency supply kits for home, vehicles, and evacuations, visit ColoradoSprings.Gov/BuildAKit.


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