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Have Kits and Supplies on Hand

Consider the basics of survival when thinking about preparing for a disaster:
  1. Fresh Air

Items That Should Be Included in an Emergency Survival Kit:

  • One gallon of water per person for at least three days for drinking and sanitation
  • A three day supply of non-perishable food for each family member
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Battery operated flashlight with extra batteries
  • Anything loud such as a whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Items for personal sanitation including wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and garbage bags
  • Wrench, pliers, and any other tools needed to shut off utilities.
  • Can opener for food items
  • Maps of local areas
  • Cell phones with charges

Additional Items That Would Be Helpful in an Emergency Survival Kit:

  • Important medications for each family member and glasses
  • Infant food, formula, bottles, diapers, and wipes
  • Be sure to take into consideration pets when stocking your drinking water, also you should add pet food to your kit
  • Have all important family identification records in a waterproof container
  • Cash, traveler’s checks, and change
  • Emergency reference pamphlets that you can receive from www.ready.gov
  • Sleeping bags and blankets for each person
  • Complete change of clothing for each person in the house.Include a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes to protect your body from debris. Add additional clothing according to the climate.
  • Chlorine bleach and medicine dropper.The bleach can be used as a disinfectant and to treat contaminated water.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Waterproof container with matches and lighters
  • Personal hygiene items including feminine supplies
  • Paper, cups, plates, paper towels, and plastic utensils to eat with
  • Waterproof container with paper and pencils
  • Activities to keep children occupied such as books, games, and puzzles