Disaster Checklists

For Nassau County Residents Preparing at Home

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Nassau County Disaster Checklist 

Preparing at Home

A home emergency plan for you and your family should include a communication system, disaster supply kits, shelter kits, and a meeting place. Survival kits should contain information and supplies for your home or to take with you to a shelter. Below is a basic or "starter" list of supplies you should consider including in your kit. Keep the items that you would most likely use in an easy-to-carry container, such as a camping backpack or duffle bag. Reassess your family's needs and your supplies every year.

If you are evacuating to a Shelter, before you leave your home:

  • Secure windows and shutters with plywood for storm emergencies
  • Remove all dead and diseased limbs from your house
  • Secure patio furniture
  • Top-off car gas tank
  • Turn off electricity at main switch
  • Shut gas valve at the appliance, not the main
  • Let friends, relatives or neighbors know where you are going

*Remember to listen to local radio and TV stations for emergency information and evacuation instructions.

Disaster Checklist

  • Photo identification and proof of address 
  • Insurance policies, contracts, wills, passports, deeds, stocks and bonds, social security cards, immunization cards, Medicare/Medicaid cards (and keep in a water-proof bag)
  • Banking and credit card information
  • Emergency Contact Information: names and phone numbers of those in your personal support network, family members, doctors, equipment suppliers, and utility companies
  • One-week supply of non-perishable canned/packaged food
  • Bottled water (gallon/day)
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Battery operated radio/TV with extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Toiletries
  • Change of clothes
  • Childcare items
  • Cell phone w/ spare batteries
  • Phone that plugs directly into the wall
  • Hard soled shoes
  • Money (small bills and change)
  • Auxiliary medical equipment with extra batteries if necessary (i.e., oxygen, scooter battery, hearing aid)
  • Style and serial numbers of medical devices (such as pacemakers)
  • Medicine supply and written dosage instructions (rotate to ensure it does not expire)
  • Medical alert bracelet
  • Food and water supply for pets

Protecting Pets and Animals

Remember, pets are not allowed in shelters, so be sure to make alternate sheltering plans for your pet(s). Service animals are allowed in Nassau County shelters. If you bring your service animal with you, have water, food, medicines, toys and other necessities.

Work and School

Every workplace and school should have an evacuation plan and emergency procedures. Become familiar with evacuation plans in areas where you spend a great deal of time. You may want to store a few essential items at these places as well.

 *Remember – 911 Is For Emergencies Only

Additional Information

Email N.C. Office of Emergency Management
American Red Cross
N.C. Main Number(516)571-3000
Nassau County Police(516)573-7000
TTY Relay Operator1-800-421-1220
Federal Emergency Management Agency
(for emergency preparedness information)