Emergencies can happen at any time. It is vitally important to be as prepared as possible at all times. Simple steps to being prepared include, having an emergency supply kit, having a family emergency plan, and be informed about what emergencies or disasters are likely to occur where you live or work.
It is strongly recommended that you have an emergency supply kit stocked with enough supplies for 3 days. You may also want to consider, having more than one kit for your workplace, car or other location you spend time.
What should be in your Emergency Kit?
- Water – a minimum of 1 gallon per person per day for at least three days
- Food – nonperishable items for at least three days (can opener if needed)
- Battery powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio
- Batteries of various sizes
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask or other respiratory protection
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape in the event of a shelter-in-place emergency
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Basic tools such as a hammer, pliers, wrench, etc…
- Local and regional maps
- Cash or travelers checks
- Important family documents such as insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof portable container
- Matches and candles
- Fire extinguisher
- Various clothes to account for different weather conditions
- Sleeping bags and/or blankets – make sure rated for the temperatures and climate of your area
- Household bleach and a medicine dropper – diluted 9:1 (water: bleach) can be used as a disinfectant or in an emergency to treat water, use 15 drops to one gallon.
- If you have pets, make sure you have water and food for them
- If you have children, make sure you have diapers, formula, games or other activities
- Prescription medications and glasses; also over the counter remedies such as pain relievers and an antidiarrheal
- Feminine supplies and hygiene items
Every household has unique needs, so make sure you have the necessary supplies to get by in an emergency.
Talk about emergencies with all members of your household. Even if you have young children, discuss what to do in terms they will understand. Once you have a plan in place, make sure everyone in the household knows what it is, and practice it!
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