Emergency Preparedness January

It’s recommended that every household have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs. Following is a listing of basic items that every emergency supply kit should include:

  • water: one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • food: at least a three-day supply of non­perishable food plus, can opener
  • battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
  • flashlight and extra batteries
  • first aid kit
  • whistle to signal for help
  • dust mask to help filter contaminated air, and plastic sheeting and duct tape for sheltering in place
  • moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • local maps
  • important family documents, such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records, in a water­proof, portable container
  • cash or traveler’s checks, and change
  • sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • complete change of clothes, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and sturdy shoes
  • household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper, which can be used to create a disinfectant (nine parts water to one part bleach)
  • fire extinguisher
  • matches in a waterproof container
  • personal hygiene items
  • mess kits, paper cups, paper plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • paper and pencil
  • emergency reference material such as a first aid book

Also applicable:

  • books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • prescription medications and glasses infant formula and diapers
  • pet food and extra water for your pet

For more information, go to www.ready.gov.