Emergency Suppy Kit
The following as a brief list of items that should be included a what is called an emergency supply kit. Disaster experts recommend that an emergency supply kit contain at least three days of emergency supplies.
- Keep flashlights with extra, fresh batteries and keep them beside your bed and in several other locations. Do not use matches.
- Portable radio with extra batteries. Most telephones will be out of order or limited to emergency use. The radio, including NOAA Weather Radio, will be the best source of emergency information.
- Whistle to signal for help.
- First aid kit / first aid skills. Keep a first-aid kit well stocked and in a central location.
- Take basic first-aid and CPR courses. Keep your skills current.
- Your fire extinguisher should be suitable for all types of fires and should be easily accessible. Teach all family members how to use it.
- Alternate means to charge your cells phones.
- Store a three to seven day supply of food for each person. Items such as canned or dehydrated food, powdered milk and canned juices can be rotated into your daily diet and replenished on a regular basis. Include food for infants or the elderly, snack foods and items such as a non-electric can opener, cooking utensils, paper/plastic plates and plastic utensils.
- Store a three to seven day supply of water (one gallon per person per day). Store in air-tight containers and replace them every six months. Keep a disinfectant, such as iodine tablets or chlorine bleach, to purify water, if necessary.
- Seven day supply of medications and medical items
- Sanitation and personal hygiene supplies.
- Extra blankets and clothing may be required to keep warm. Sturdy shoes protect feet from broken glass and debris.
- Alternate cooking source. Store barbecue, charcoal, starter and matches in case utilities are out of service. Do not use these methods of cooking within a confined area.
- Special items for infant, elderly, or disabled family members. Have at least a one week supply of medications and foods for infants and those on special diets.
- Tools. Have a crescent or pipe wrench to turn off gas and water if necessary and know the location of the shut-off valves.
- Important documents should be stored in a waterproof container. Examples: insurance policies, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc. Also, checkbook, cash, credit cards, ATM cards.