MCPOCG : Hello. I’m Master Chief Leavitt. In keeping with this year’s theme for National Preparedness Month, my wife, Debbie, Master Chief Allen, and his wife, Colleen, and I are going to show you how you can plan now, work together, and be ready. MCPOCGRF Allen: Ready Coast Guard and the Ready America campaigns urge you to take three simple but important steps: Get an emergency supply kit. Make a family emergency plan. And be informed. If you haven’t already done so, National Preparedness Month is a good time to put together an emergency supply kit. If you already have a kit, take time this month to inventory and refresh the items. Mrs. Allen: Your emergency kit should contain a gallon of water a day for each family member for three days. You need water both to drink and for good hygiene. Nonperishable items and a manual can opener. Pliers or a utility tool for cutting off the house gas supply. A first aid kit and any medications you may take on a daily basis. Some good dust masks, moist wipes, garbage bags with ties. Mrs. Leavitt: Your emergency kit also should contain a flashlight, a hand-crank or battery-operated radio, batteries for the flashlight and radio. In a sealed bag, also carry some cash, maps, and your family emergency plan with family and out-of-town contact information. It’s also a good idea to add a portable memory storage device that has copies of important family documents, such as Social Security cards, IDs and passports, bank and insurance information, and so on. MCPOCGRF Allen: You may already have a number of these items around your home that you could pull together or you could get them on a regular shopping trip. Keep your kit where everyone in the family knows where it is and can grab it quickly if you have to evacuate. Also keep emergency supplies in your car and at work. MCPOCG: The office of worklife family readiness program website contains links to checklists for emergency kits. Gather your family to plan now, work together, and be ready. It gives Coast Guardsmen peace of mind to know that, even when we’re away on duty, our families are prepared if emergency strikes.