What can I do to prepare?
To assist law enforcement in keeping Minneapolis and our residents safe, please stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Dial 9-1-1 to report any suspicious activities. Citizens are requested to do the following:
- In case of a major man-made or natural disaster, follow instructions including evacuation of the area. Or, in other situations, remain calm and listen for additional information and go about business as usual.
- Report any suspicious activity or packages.
- Remember tolerance … regardless of an individual’s race, ethnicity, or religious affiliation. Do not act out your anger on any group of individuals.
- Support law enforcement authorities by allowing them to do their job.
- Do not spread rumors or engage in activities that will incite anger.
- Be prepared to provide identification if stopped by law enforcement authorities.
Checklist for Emergency Supply Kit
While the City of Minneapolis is not under any imminent threat, it is recommended that everyone prepare an Emergency Supply Kit to help households prepare for any emergency, including winter storms and power outages.
Prepare Your Kit
- Review the checklist below.
- Gather the supplies that are listed. You may need them if your family is confined at home.
- Place the supplies you’d most likely need for an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container. These supplies are listed with an asterisk (*).
- There are six basics you should stock for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items.
- Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the Emergency Supplies Kit in the trunk of your car.
- Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.
- Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.
Possible Containers Include:
- A large, covered trash container.
- A camping backpack.
- A duffel bag.
- Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.
- Keep at least a three-day supply of water figuring at least one gallon of water per person per day.
Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. *Include a selection of the following foods in your emergency supplies kit:
- Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables.
- Canned (don’t forget the non-electric can opener) juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water).
- High energy foods, such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars and trail mix
- Foods for infants and people with special diets.
First Aid Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car. Each first aid kit* should include:
- Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
- Assorted sizes of safety pins
- Cleansing agent/soap
- Latex gloves (2 pairs)
- Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
- 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
- 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
- Triangular bandages (3)
- 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
- 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
- Moistened towelettes
- Tongue blades (2)
- Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
- Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Antacid (for stomach upset)
- Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
- Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
Tools and Supplies
- Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils*
- Emergency preparedness manual*
- Battery-operated radio and extra batteries*
- Flashlight and extra batteries*
- Cash or traveler’s checks, change*
- Non-electric can opener, utility knife*
- Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
- Tube tent
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Aluminum foil
- Plastic storage containers
- Signal flare
- Paper, pencil
- Needles, thread
- Medicine dropper
- Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
- Plastic sheeting
- Map of the area (for locating shelters)
- Toilet paper, towelettes*
- Soap, liquid detergent*
- Feminine supplies*
- Personal hygiene items*
- Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
- Plastic bucket with tight lid
- Household chlorine bleach
Clothing and Bedding
- Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person*
- Sturdy shoes or work boots*
- Rain gear*
- Blankets or sleeping bags*
- Hat and gloves
- Thermal underwear
- Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons
- Don’t forget the needs of family pets
- Powdered milk
- Heart and high blood pressure medication
- Prescription drugs
- Denture needs
- Contact lenses and supplies
- Extra eye glasses
- Games and books
Important Family Documents
Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:
- Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
- Passports, social security cards, immunization records
- Bank account numbers
- Credit card account numbers and companies
- Inventory of valuable household goods
- Important telephone numbers
- Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
Emergency Preparedness & Your Pet
Minneapolis Animal Care & Control (MACC) is prepared to respond in a disaster. You and your pet should be too. Here’s what you can do:
1. Microchip and license your pet: If you and your pet are separated, these identifiers could be crucial in reuniting you with your pet. Make sure the microchip number is registered and your contact information is current at MACC.
2. Make an emergency supply kit for your pet that includes:
- Food & Water: Keep at least three days of food and water in an airtight, waterproof container.
- Medicines and medical records: Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis and a copy of their medical records in a waterproof container.
- First Aid Kit: Kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea and tick prevention, latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol, saline solution, and a pet first aid reference book.
- Collar with ID tag and leash: Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and ID tag in your pet’s emergency supply kit.
- Important documents: Place copies of your pet’s registration information (license and microchip), adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a waterproof container.
- Sanitation: Include pet litter and a litter box if appropriate. Also include newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach (to use as a disinfectant).
- A picture of you and your pet together: If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet.
3. Plan in advance what you will do in an emergency:
- Evacuation: Secure appropriate lodging in advance for you and your pet should your home need to be evacuated. Options include family and friends outside the area, a hotel or motel that takes pets, and animal boarding facilities. Always consider your personal safety first. If you go to a public shelter, keep in mind that your pets may not be allowed inside.
- Develop a buddy system: Plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to have someone available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.
- Talk to your pet’s veterinarian about emergency planning: Discuss the types of things you should include in your pet’s emergency first aid kit and if they board client’s pets in emergencies.
- Gather contact information for emergency animal treatment: Make a list of contact information and addresses including MACC, the Humane Society, and emergency veterinary hospitals.
- Obtain "Pets Inside" stickers and place them on your doors or windows: include information on the number and types of pets in your home to alert first responders and rescue workers.
Last updated Mar 31, 2015