Get Ready North Castle

In the event of an emergency, know where to go and what to do. Pack emergency supplies- a kit to keep at home and a backpack to take with you. Your pet(s). Your documents. Learn how to keep informed. 

Your Emergency Kit:

Gather enough supplies in your home to survive on your own for at least three days. If possible, keep these materials in an easily accessible, separate container or special cupboard. You should indicate to your household members that these supplies are for emergencies only. Check expiration dates of food and update your kits when you change your clock during daylight-saving times.

Kits should include:

  • One gallon of drinking water per person per day
  • Non-perishable, ready-to-eat canned foods and manual can opener
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries (you can also buy wind-up radios that do not require batteries)
  • Whistle
  • Iodine tablets or one quart of unscented bleach (for disinfecting water ONLY if directed to do so by health officials) and eyedropper (for adding bleach to water)
  • Personal hygiene items: soap, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc.
  • Phone that does not rely on electricity
  • Child care supplies or other special care items
  • Games, books, and other items

Household Go Bag:

This should be packed in a sturdy, easy-to-carry container, such as a backpack or suitcase on wheels. A Go Bag should be easily accessible if you have to leave your home in a hurry and ready to go at all times of the year and include:

  • Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.)
  • Extra set of car and house keys
  • Credit and ATM cards and cash, especially in small denominations, at least $50-$100 on hand.
  • Bottled water and non-perishable food, such as energy or granola bars
  • Flashlight (Note: Traditional flashlight bulbs have limited lifespans. Light Emitting Diode (LED) flashlights, however, are more durable and last up to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs).
  • Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries
  • Keep a list of the medications each member of your household takes, why they take them, and their dosages. Medication information and other essential personal items. If you store extra medication in your Go Bag, be sure to refill it before it expires.
  • First-aid kit
  • Contact and meeting place information for your household, and a small local map
  • Child care supplies or other special care items

Pet Bag:

  • Food and bowl
  • Water and bowl
  • Bedding
  • Medications
  • Chew toy or other familiar object
  • License, collar or harness and lead

Your Emergency Plan:

Evacuation and communication procedures. Decide where to meet family members, especially if separated. In the event you cannot remain at home, go to the NC4 Shelter. Remember to bring medications, identification and any other necessary materials, including games and/or a book.


After the tsunami in Japan and Sandy here it became clear we live in a vulnerable world and that personal documents need to be in a safe place. These include:

  • Legal documents – birth, death, marriage, divorce, adoption, passport, will, power of attorney, mortgage, bank accounts and passwords, deed, financial and credit card accounts
  • Medical records, health insurance, list of medications, dental info, list of allergies
  • Insurance for home, car, life and vehicle registration
  • One year tax record, personal property appraisals
  • This information can be on a disc or flash drive

Weather Advisory:

Nixel service is free; use the Armonk zip code for local conditions.  The link will also bring up North Castle police alerts.


Residents must report power loss to ConEdison to alert them of areas lacking service. Otherwise, the utility company has no way of learning of outages.  Police need to learn of down trees to assist with roadway clearance and safety if trees bring down overhead wires.

ConEdison emergency number to report power loss: (800) 752-6633

North Castle Police in event of downed trees: (914) 273-9500