Granite City, IL  EMA

Franklin County, IL EMA

Jackson County, IL  EMA

Williamson County, IL  EMA




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P.O. Box 25436
Scott AFB IL 62225

Lt Col Randy Mitchell









Disaster Preparedness

The Mid-West region and climate makes the area susceptible to tornadoes, flooding and potentially earthquakes, which might result in the interruption of critical services such as power, water and communications. You can minimize the impact of service interruptions by storing enough supplies to be self sufficient for three to five days without services.

72 Hour Family Disaster Kit:
  • A 72 Hour water supply (1 gallon per person per day). 
  • Ready to eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables.
  • Canned juices, milk, soup, sugar, salt & pepper.
  • High energy foods, peanut butter, trail mix, granola bars.
  • Prescribed Medications.
  • Vitamins and Supplements.
  • First-aid kit with non prescription drugs such as, aspirin, anti-diarrhea medication, antacid, laxatives.
  • Paper plates with plastic utensils and cups.
  • Emergency preparedness manual.
  • Battery operated radio ad extra batteries.
  • Flashlight, extra bulb, & extra batteries.
  • Non-electric can opener.
  • utility knife.
  • Tool kit.
  • Fire Extinguisher (ABC type).
  • Matches in a waterproof container, plastic storage containers.
  • Needles & thread.
  • A map of the area for finding shelters.
  • Soap, liquid detergent, household bleach, disinfectant, plastic garbage bags.
  • Plastic sheeting, duct tape and scissors for sheltering in place
  • Several Plastic bucket with a tight lid.
  • Personal hygiene supplies, toilet paper, Towelette, etc.
  • Sturdy shoes or work boots.
  • Rain gear, hat & gloves, thermal underwear, sunglasses.
  • Blankets or sleeping bags.
  • Plastic Whistle.
  • Baby items, formula, diapers, bottles, powdered milk.
  • Adult items, Feminine hygiene products, denture needs, etc.
  • Contact lenses, lens solution, and extra eye glasses.
  • Important documents Keep these records in a waterproof container:
                Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks & bonds.
                Passports, social security cards, immunization & other medical records.
               Doctors name, address & phone numbers. Other important phone numbers. 
               Bank account numbers, credit card account numbers. Cash, travelers checks
                Photographs, inventory of valuable household goods.
               Family records including birth, marriage & death certificates.



Listen to your battery-powered radio or TV, especially for news at the top of each hour, to find out when the power might be restored.

Unplug some of your major appliances. When the power comes back on, all of those appliances can create a d
rain or power surge. This can harm sensitive equipment. To avoid a power surge when the electricity returns, turn off computers, TVs, stereos and other unnecessary electronic equipment at the power source. Leave a light on so you'll know when the power is restored.

If you have a generator, do not connect it to your home's power system unless it has been properly installed and disconnects you from the main power grid when it is operating. If you do not disconnect from the power grid, you can be sending electricity back down the lines; not just to your home. That could be deadly for power company workers.

If you have a regular wood stove or fireplace, you can use it for heat. However, DO NOT USE kerosene heaters, BBQs, or any outdoor type heater inside. Such devices create poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas given off by combustion and could kill.

Check on your elderly neighbors or those who may have medical conditions or use medical machinery that operates on electricity.

If you have to go out, remember that traffic signals may be out during a power outage. Consider each intersection to be a four-way stop.

Make sure you have vehicles fueled, enough cash on hand, and have an adequate stock of all prescribed medications.

Have working battery operated radios and flashlights, and be aware that ice events may limit cell phone use due to downed cell phone towers.

You are encouraged to stay in your home and not travel unless it is an emergency.

If you must travel, you should drive carefully and stay away from downed or low hanging power lines. All downed power lines should be reported to local utility companies, not 911.

911 Phone Lines should only be used for bonafide emergencies.

You are encouraged to make sure you know where your family members are at all times and check on neighbors, especially shut-ins who may be without heat in this emergency.

You should be aware of potential carbon monoxide hazards when alternative heat sources are used. You should not use camping stoves or charcoal grills indoors, and emergency generators should be checked for proper operation and adequate fuel supplies should be on hand for potential long term use. Proper fireplace use should also be practiced, since blowing and drifting snow may cause chimneys to become blocked.

Should power outages occur, you should check to see that all appliances are off and there are no unusual natural gas smells around stoves, furnaces and water heaters. If a gas leak is suspected, you should leave your home and call 911 immediately.


Disaster Public Education Web Sites
You can broaden your knowledge of disaster preparedness by reviewing information provided at various government and non-government Web sites. Provided below is a list of sites. Searches conducted from each home site's page results in the most current and extensive list of available material for the site.


Basic Winter Survival Kit For Auto:
Blankets, Warm Clothes, Knife or Multi-Tool, First-Aid Kit, Booster Cables, ABC Fire Extinguisher, Shovel, Flashlight with extra bulb and batteries, Food Bars, Matches or Lighter and a Metal Cup (to melt snow for drinking), Ice Scraper, Ice Melt, Sand or Cat Litter.

Basic Winter Survival Kit For Home:
Battery Powered Radio and extra batteries, First-Aid Kit, Flashlight, Extra Batteries, Shovel, Ice Melt, ABC Fire Extinguisher, No-cooking Required Foods, Manual Can Opener, Extra Prescribed Medications, Matches or Lighter and Know How To Drain Water Pipes.

Health Alert
Good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat the flu.

1. Avoid Close Contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay Home When You Are Sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, public gatherings, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. If someone in your family has been diagnosed with Swine flu, you should consider keeping the entire family at home until the illness has passed (7 to 10 days following the onset of the last person's symptoms).

3. Cover Your Mouth & Nose
Cover your mouth & nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent others from getting sick.

4.Clean Your Hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

5. Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose or Mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6. Practice Other Good Health Habits.
Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.

7. If You Have a Fever
A high fever (100.5 degrees or higher) along with the normal signs and symptoms of any flu may be a sign of Swine Flu and should be taken seriously. Contact your physician and take other precautions as listed above.

8. If you Are Not Sick, Don't Go To The Emergency Room
Going to the doctor or emergency room before you are sick will not prevent you from getting sick and may cause delays in treating those who are.

9. For Further Information, Go to these Websites
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Flu Homepage


Support Networks
Having a personal support network can help everyone survive a disaster. This is especially true for the elderly, disabled and those with special needs. Create a network of trusted individuals, such as family, friends, co-workers, personal attendants, etc. who can assist you during an emergency. Set up this network at important locations (e.g. home, work, school) making sure you have at least three people at each place. These individuals should take part in your planning and be familiar with your functional abilities and limitations. Establishing a solid relationship with other people is one of the most effective means of surviving a disaster.


This is a private Website, Not an Official WebSite & does not reflect the views or opinions of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol or any of its subordinate units or members.


Copyright firearsn 2007, 2013.
Last revised: 20 August 2013.