The theme for Week #3 of National Disaster Preparedness Month is: How to build a basic emergency supply kit. Last week we put together a list to prepare for your pets in a disaster; this week’s list is for the basic supplies to have on hand to survive for at least THREE DAYS if an emergency occurs.
Disasters can strike without much warning. Have you thought about those supplies you’ll need the most? Enlist your children to help gather supplies for your family’s emergency kit. It will bring you a sense of relief, and your kids a feeling of empowerment.
It’s a good idea to have a large kit at home, and smaller portable kit in the car or your workplace.
When you review this list, consider where you live and the unique needs of your family in order make the kit work best for you.
These are the VERY BASICS:
- 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 non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio withtone alert and extra batteries
- 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 to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
These are additional items to consider adding
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Infant formula and diapers
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- 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
- Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate
- Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
- Fire Extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
[This information was provided by the 2014 NPM Digital Engagement Toolkit.] #LSSDR; #NatlPrep