Disaster Preparedness

Preparing a Disaster Supply Kit

Having a disaster supply kit ready to take with you at a moment’s notice ensures that you will have necessary supplies no matter how fast you may need to evacuate. Pack supplies in a duffle bag or backpacks and keep them in a designated place. Your kit will come in handy if you must take shelter in your home. This list will help ensure that your disaster supply kit includes all the essentials.

Water

  • Pack at least one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
  • Store water in tightly sealed, non-breakable plastic, fiberglass or enamel lined metal containers
  • Change your water every 6 months

Food

  • Pack enough food to last each family member at least three days
  • include canned and boxed foods because they require little preparation and stay good for long periods of time. Remember to bring a manual can opened or to buy food in self-opening cans
  • Pack foods in sealed metal or plastic containers
  • Replace food every six months
  • Include foods for infants and family members with special diets

Tools & Equipment

  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlights
  • Spare batteries
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Washcloths and towels
  • Paper cups and plates and plastic utensils
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo deodorant and other toiletries
  • Heavy-duty plastic garbage bags
  • Change of clothing and extra pair of shoes and socks for each person
  • Blankets or sleeping bags for each person

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