Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster.
A disaster supply kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.
Use this checklist to build your disaster supply kit:
Recommended Supplies To Include In A Basic Kit:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person (pack a can opener if your kit contains canned food
- Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First Aid kit (check that it’s stocked and restock as needed)
- Whistle to signal for help
- Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant
- Moist towel (baby wipes), garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
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Other Items For Your Family To Consider Adding To Your Supply Kit:
- Emergency reference materials such as a first aid book
- Batteries for medical devices such as CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure) machine, motorized wheelchairs, and insulin pumps
- Medical device or infusion tubing
- Sterile water if needed for medical device cleaning
- Rain gear
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
- Paper towels
- Fire Extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Signal flare
- Paper and pencil\
- Personal hygiene items including feminine supplies
- Medicine dropper
- Important Family Documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
- Unscented, color safe household chlorine bleach to use as a disinfectant (diluted nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency to treat water (16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water)
Remember – it’s important to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and just take essentials with you. If you wait, you will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.