A disaster of any kind may interfere with normal supplies of food, water, heat, and other day-to-day necessities. It is important to keep a stock of emergency supplies on hand that will be sufficient to meet your family’s needs for at least a three-day period.
It is important to update your kit regularly. You should replace the water supply and any food that may have reached its use-by or expiration date. An easy way to remember is to use Daylight Savings Time so that when you change the clocks, you also update your kits.
Emergency Supply Kit
An emergency supply kit should include the following:
A battery-powered radio, weather alert radio, and flashlights, with extra batteries
Bottled drinking water: one gallon per day per person with at least a three-day supply for each person in your household
At least a three-day supply of canned or sealed foods that do not require refrigeration or cooking
First-aid kit and manual
Non-electric can opener and utility knife
Mess kits or other basic eating and cooking utensils
Paper towels, toilet paper, soap, and detergent
Household laundry bleach (unscented)
A blanket or sleeping bag for each member of the family
One change of clothing and footwear per person
Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
Signal flare, matches, and whistle
Cell phone and car charger
An extra set of car keys, credit card, and cash
A list of family physicians
Medications or special foods are needed by family members, such as insulin, heart medication, dietetic food, and baby food. Do not store these items in your kit for a long period of time but add them at the last minute.
If needed, formula, diapers, and bottles
Denture needs, extra eyeglasses, and contact lens supplies
You can store additional water by filling bathtubs and sinks with water if an emergency is declared. Clean water is also available in toilet tanks, presuming chemicals and other cleaning agents are not used in the water tank.
If you have pets, include the following items in your kit:
Identification collar and rabies tag
Pet carrier or cage
Newspaper, litter, and trash bags for waste
Two-week supply of food and water
Veterinary records (necessary if your pet has to go to a shelter)