It’s Always Best To Be Prepared for an Emergency

bussheltergirlBy: Pamela Stern

It’s that time of the year, when the weather starts to drastically change and we need to be prepared for any type of emergency situation that may or may not happen. It’s always better to be prepared.

A Go Bag should be on the top of your list to prepare. Everyone in your household should have a Go Bag — a collection of things you would want if you have to leave in a hurry (Your GoBag should have all of your essentials and should be near the door so it can be accessed quickly if there is a need to evacuate). Your Go Bag should be sturdy and easy to carry, like a backpack or a small suitcase on wheels. You’ll need to customize your Go Bag for your personal needs, but some of the important things you need in your Go Bag include:

Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (driver’s license, passport, social security card, military papers, insurance cards, birth certificates, deeds, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.), an extra set of car and house keys, copies of credit/ATM cards, cash (in small bills), bottled water, one gallon of drinking water per person per day (for about three days) and nonperishable food ( have a three day supply on hand; such as energy or granola bars), flashlight (Note: Traditional flashlight bulbs have limited lifespans. Light Emitting Diode (LED) flashlights- however, are more durable and last up to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs.), Battery-operated AM/FM radio, extra batteries/chargers.

A list of the medications each member of your household takes, why they take them, and their dosages. If you store extra medication in your Go Bag, be sure to refill it before it expires( both prescription and non-prescription).Get prescription preparedness tips from the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, first-aid kit (sterile gloves, sterile dressings, cleansing agents, antibiotic ointment, adhesive bandages, eye wash solution, thermometer, scissors, petroleum jelly), (sterile gloves, sterile dressings, cleansing agent, antibiotic ointment, adhesive bandages, eye wash solution, thermometer, scissors, petroleum jelly, toiletries, a whistle, iodine tablets or one quart of unscented bleach (for disinfecting water ONLY if directed to do so by health officials), and an eyedropper (for adding bleach to water).

Personal hygiene items to have handy are: soap, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc. You should devise a contact and meeting place for your household( also have phone numbers written down (not just stored on your cell phone-insurance company’s number, financial institution’s number, your employer’s number, your landlord’s number), coins, or a pre-paid phone card, and a small regional map, a notepad, pens, lightweight raingear and a Mylar blanket.

Have a change of clothing for each family member including shoes and blankets. If you have children, pack child care supplies as well as games and small toys.

Make plans to secure property.

If you’re older or have any special medical needs, consider including these items:

Instructions and extra batteries for any devices you use, Aerosol tire repair kits and/or tire inflator to repair flat wheelchair or scooter tires, back-up medical equipment Items to comfort you in a stressful situation. For a full list of items please call 311 for publication or go to www.nyc.gov/oem

Residents should register with Community Relations/Public Affairs if you have special needs which will require immediate attention in an emergency situation. If you have any life support equipment in your apartment that might be affected by a temporary loss of electrical power in your building, put your name on the emergency list. Contact the Office of Public Affairs and Community Relations at 718-240-4530.

Some handy reference numbers for Spring Creek Towers’ residents to have are: Management’s office is 718-642-7000; Department of Public Safety’s number is 718-642-7550.

Spring Creek Towers’ DPS have an excellent working relationship with the NYPD, the FDNY and OEM.  They prepare together and work very closely together, which is very beneficial in the event that an emergency were to occur on SCT property.