Often during an emergency, electricity, water, heat, air conditioning, or telephone service may not work. Preparing a Disaster Supply Kit ahead of time can save precious time in the event you must evacuate or go without electricity, heat, or water for an extended period of time. You can gather water, food, first-aid supplies, clothing, bedding, tools, and other essential items to store at any time. You should consider including the following items in an Disaster Supply Kit.
– At least a 3-day supply of water (1 gallon per person per day). Store water in sealed, unbreakable containers. Replace every 6 months.
– A 3 to 5 day supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a non-electric can opener.
– A change of clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes.
– Blankets, bedding, or sleeping bags.
– A first aid kit and prescription medications (be sure to check the expiration dates)
– An extra pair of glasses or contact lenses and solution (be sure to check the expiration dates)
– A list of family physicians, important medical information, and the style and serial number of medical devices such as pacemakers.
– Special items for infants, the elderly, or family members with disabilities.
– A battery-powered radio, flashlight, and plenty of extra batteries.
– Identification, credit cards, cash, and photocopies of important family documents including home insurance information.
– An extra set of car and house keys.
– Tools such as screwdrivers, cutters, and scissors, duct tape, waterproof matches, a fire extinguisher flares, plastic storage containers, needle and thread pen and paper, a compass, garbage bags,and regular household bleach.