Being prepared for an emergency means being equipped with the proper emergency supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster.
Keep your emergency preparedness kit in an easy-to-carry plastic containers or backpack that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.
At a minimum, you should have the basic emergency supplies listed below:
- Emergency Water Supply: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2week supply for home)
- Emergency Food Supply: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2week supply for home).
- Water Filtration Straw – Minimum Four (4) or one for each household member.
- Battery and Solar-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Solar Charger
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Map(s) of the area
Consider the needs of all family members and add those supplies to your 72-Hour kit:
- Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc).
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers).
- Games and activities for children.
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl).
- Two-way handheld radios.
- Extra set of car keys and house keys.
- Manual can opener.
Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:
- Emergency Whistle
- N95 or surgical masks
- Matches or waterproof matches.
- Rain gear
- Work gloves
- Tools/supplies for securing your home.
- Extra clothing, hat, and sturdy shoes.
- Plastic Sheeting.
- Duct tape
- Household liquid bleach.
- Entertainment items.
- Blankets or sleeping bags.
- Sterno or camping stove
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