An emergency kit is a collection of basic supplies you and your family may need in the event of a disaster. The kit should contain food, water, and other items you may need to survive when you have to evacuate your home or live without basic services for several days. When a disaster strikes, you probably won’t have the time to gather all the supplies in a kit. Thus, it’s important to create the kit in advance and keep it in a safe but easy-to-reach place.
A basic emergency kit should include:
Water for drinking and sanitation to last at least 3 days; one gallon of water per person per day should suffice; sick people, children or nursing mothers may need more water, though;
Non-perishable food for at least 3 days; foods that make you thirsty should be avoided;
Afirst aid kit that may include prescription medication, scissors, tweezers, cloth tape, antibiotic ointment, adhesive bandages, non-latex gloves, etc.;
Hand crank or battery-powered radio (tuned in to NOAA Weather Radio), as well as spare batteries;
Flashlight with extra batteries;
Whistle to call for help;
Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct-tape for shelter making;
Moist towelettes and garbage bags for sanitation;
Pliers or a wrench to turn off utilities;
Cell phone with an extra charger.
Optional items to include in an emergency kit:
Essential documents, such as IDs, birth certificates, bank account records or insurance policies;
Extra clothes, warm blankets, and sleeping bags if the climate you live in is usually cold;
An extra pair of glasses;
Infant formula and diapers;
Matches to light a fire;
Personal hygiene items for women;
Plastic plates, cups, and cutlery;
Games, books and other items to pass time.
Keep an emergency kit at home, work and in your vehicle in a designated place. At home, make sure all family members know where the kit is.
Put the kit in one or more containers, such as a backpack or suitcase with wheels. Keep all sensitive items in the kit in airtight plastic bags to protect them.
Keep the food in a non-humid, cool place. Replace any foods that have gone bad or cans that have swollen. Replace water and food supplies every 6 months.
Throughout the year, maintain and update your kit, according to your family’s needs.
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