An emergency kit should include a variety of emergency supplies to help sustain you and your family for up to 3 days. Emergency kits should include essentials items that will sustain you and your family for up to three days in the event you are isolated in your home without power during disaster. BE PREPARED.
First, think about essential items you will need for basic survival: water, food, warmth, clean air, and necessary medications, or medical equipment.
Utilities and basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days or weeks. Your supply kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.
Tip: Still have a phone land line that might be operational? - keep a phone on hand that does not require electricity to operate. Or find an old one at a tag sale.
Make sure your emergency kit meets the unique needs of your family, including children, persons who are disabled, and pets.
1. Print this list, put it in your home for quick use, and use it as a checklist.
2. Gather ll your kit item in a specific place in your home .
3. Review the contents yearly, to keep your kit items up todate and replace them when needed.
Your Home Emergency Kit Should Include:
♦ Water: Bottled water (one gallon per person/per day for at least three days), water purification tablets Tip: fill plastic jugs with water to keep in your fridge or freezer. A full appliance is more energy efficient and in an emergency you can use the water if you need it!
♦ Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods that do not need cooking (ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables, or juices, protein or granola bars, cereal, peanut butter, dried fruit, nuts, crackers, baby food, comfort foods)
♦ Tools and Supplies: Manual can opener, Radio (battery-powered or hand crank), flashlight or lantern, extra batteries, cell phone with charger or non- electric phone, wrench, pliers, and other basic tools
♦ Personal Items: Prescription medications (two-week supply), personal hygiene items, eyeglasses, contact lenses, dentures, extra batteries
♦ Pets: Collar, leash, harness, crate, food, bowls, current photo, license and medical information.
♦ Money: Extra cash and traveler’s checks (ATMs may not work during a generalized power outage)
♦ A watch or clock
♦ Household chlorine bleach, which can serve as an emergency disinfectant.
♦ Camp stove or grill with fuel or canned heat – Do not use indoors!
♦ Disposable plates, cups, and utensils
♦ Duct tape, plastic sheeting or tarp
♦ Seasonal items to protect against the elements
♦ Books, games, puzzles, and other non-electronic comfort items
♦ Sleeping bags or blankets and small pillows for all family members.
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