1. Get a Kit

In addition to the list of recommended items to include in a Disaster Supplies Kit, people with mental health and/or substance abuse problems may consider including the following items:

  •   Name and phone number of your local mental health professional(s), recovery sponsor, and/or other persons for support
  •   Name and phone number of your primary care physician and mental health and/or substance abuse professional care provider
  •   Copy of information about name of the prescribed medication, dosage, and where to receive the medication
  1. Make a Plan
  • Meet with your family members, friends, and building manager to review community hazards and emergency plans.
  • Choose an out-of-town contact. Your family members must know how to contact this person.
  • Decide where to meet your household members if ever separated during an emergency.
  • Know the signs and symptoms and common reactions to a disaster and develop and discuss coping skills with your family and friends who offer you support. Among the signs to look for over time are:
    • Feeling tense, nervous, numb, or tired
    • Having sleep problems
    • Increased dependence on alcohol or drugs
    • Being angry or irritable
  • If you have ever experienced a problem with alcohol or other drugs:
    • Practice how to communicate your needs
    • Discuss the type of reactions you may have after a disaster
    • Stay clear of anything that may trigger relapse
  1. Be Informed
  • Develop a communication plan with your family.
  • Ask your local fire department, police department, or emergency management office about emergency special assistance programs.
  • Ask your city or county how they will warn you of a disaster situation and provide information to you before, during, and after a disaster.
  • Know which television and radio stations in your area broadcast the Emergency Alert System (EAS). In San Mateo County, those TV stations are KTVU TV-2, KRON TV-4, KPIX TV-5, KGO TV-7, and KNTV-11 (NBC Bay Area). EAS radio stations include: KCBS 740 AM and 106.9 FM, KQED 88.5 FM, and KCSM 91.1 FM.