Get Emergency Ready this National Preparedness Month

September 18, 2018
Get Emergency Ready this National Preparedness Month

As National Preparedness Month, September serves as a chance to remember the importance of preparation and reflect on our readiness should an emergency arise.

John Wyek, of Novato business DefensePro offers affordable Emergency Preparedness courses for families, schools and businesses. DefensePro’s four top tips for preparing for an Emergency are:

1) Keep a pair of boots in a sealed plastic bag, underneath your bed.
Earthquakes can happen while you’re in bed, so keeping sturdy shoes readily accessible will help you implement the rest of your plan.

2) Keep cash in small bills on hand.
Earthquakes can cause power outages, which means ATMs may be out of use and stores may struggle to take card payments. Having cash on hand will allow you to make purchases, and small bills are useful in case others cannot make change for you.

3) Keep your vehicle fueled to at least half a tank.
Gas stations are one of the first things to be affected in a power outage. Ensuring you have gas in your tank is critical in creating a safe route to an unaffected area.

4) Keep one ‘emergency go bag’ in the house, and one in the car.
Disasters are unpredictable but it’s likely you’ll be close to your home or vehicle when one strikes. Make sure you have an emergency kit ready to go in both locations so the necessary items will always be accessible.

Even if you already have an emergency kit and a plan in place, this month is a great excuse to double check your items and ensure you’re ready to go at a moment’s notice.

The following items are courtesy of Fire Safe Marin’s Wildfire Emergency Supply Kit. It includes the essentials you may need and the best part is, you don’t have to leave Novato to find any of them!

What You Need in Your Emergency ‘Go’ Bag Where to Get It
Long sleeve shirt, long pants Old Navy – 228 Vintage Way Novato, CA 94945. (415) 892-8766

Eddie Bauer – 140 Vintage Way Novato, CA 94945. (415) 895-0205

Sturdy pair of shoes or boots DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) – 138 Vintage Way, Novato CA 94945. (415) 897-5718

Center Shoe & Orthotic – 1553 Novato Blvd #D, Novato CA 94947. (415) 892-5788

Sports Basement – 100 Vintage Way, Novato 94945. (415) 493-2633

Leather work gloves Pini Ace Hardware – 1535 South Novato Blvd, Novato CA 94947. (415) 892-1577
Goggles Pini Ace Hardware – 1535 South Novato Blvd, Novato CA 94947. (415) 892-1577

Novato Builders Supply – 800 Sweetser Ave Novato CA 94945. (415) 892-1651

Battery-powered radio Pini Ace Hardware – 1535 South Novato Blvd, Novato CA 94947. (415) 892-1577

Target – 200 Vintage Way, Novato CA 94945 (415) 892-3313

First aid kit Pharmaca – 7514 Redwood Blvd Novato, CA 94945. (415) 892-3700

Pini Ace Hardware – 1535 South Novato Blvd, Novato CA 94947. (415) 892-1577

Flashlight Novato Builders Supply– 800 Sweetser Ave Novato CA 94945. (415) 892-1651

Sports Basement – 100 Vintage Way, Novato 94945. (415) 493-2633

Headlamp Novato Builders Supply – 800 Sweetser Ave Novato CA 94945. (415) 892-1651

Eddie Bauer – 140 Vintage Way Novato, CA 94945. (415) 895-0205

N95 respirator Kelly Moore Paints – 881 Olive Ave Novato, CA 94945. (415) 897-5151

Novato Builders Supply– 800 Sweetser Ave Novato CA 94945. (415) 892-1651

Spare batteries for flashlights, headlamp, and radio Pini Ace Hardware – 1535 South Novato Blvd, Novato CA 94947. (415) 892-1577

Target – 200 Vintage Way, Novato CA 94945.
(415) 892-3313

Map marked with at least two evacuation routes (if possible) Copperfield’s – 999 Grant Ave, Novato CA 94945 (415) 763-3052

The Book Place– 1608 Grant Ave Novato, CA 94945. (415) 209-0212

Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses Marin Eye Care – 440 Ignacio Blvd, Novato CA 94949. (415) 883-9888

Eyewish Optometry – 7075 Redwood Blvd Novato, CA 94945. (415) 897-2997

Carriers for each pet Family Pet Care – 181 San Marin Dr, Novato CA 94945. (415) 897-2079

Pet Food Express – 912 Diablo Ave Novato, CA 94547. (415) 878-0111

Extra pet food Woodlands Pet Food & Treats – 474 Ignacio Blvd Novato, CA 94949. (415) 382-9663

Family Pet Care– 181 San Marin Dr, Novato CA 94945. (415) 897-2079

Sanitation supplies- toilet paper, feminine hygiene, baby wipes/diapers Target – 200 Vintage Way, Novato CA 94945. (415) 892-3313

Lucky Supermarket – 1761 Grant Ave Novato, CA 94945. (415) 897-4931

Copies of your important document- passport, birth certificates, etc Staples – 55 Rowland Way, Novato 94945. (415) 897-0544

Zenith Instant Printing – 1419 Grant Ave Novato, CA 94945. (415) 897-0454

Postal Annex+ – 926 Diablo Ave Novato, CA 94947. (415) 898-3511

The following items are recommended by Fire Safe Marin to take if time allows:

  • Credit cards, cash or travelers checks
  • Prescriptions or special medications (Ask your doctor for a multi day emergency supply, rotate annually)
  • Easily carried valuables
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person.
  • Family photos and other small, irreplaceable items
  • Personal computer information on hard drives and disks (off site or “cloud” backup is best)
  • Chargers for cell phones, laptops, etc
  • This list by Fire Safe Marin is a great starting point but it’s important to keep in mind there may be items important to you and your family that are not listed. Shop Local Novato hopes you take the time to get organized during National Preparedness Month and remember that your local Novato retailers are always here to help!