Be prepared for an emergency or disaster by gathering basic supplies you’ll need to endure a crisis that leaves you without utilities, telephone or Internet and will provide nourishment for several days. A good rule of thumb is to have enough supplies to last each person at least three days. Make sure to include any items for those with special needs, including babies or pets. Rotate food and water to ensure nothing has expired and check or replace batteries as needed to keep your kit up-to-date. For a complete list of supply-kit items and more information on creating a kit, visit www.ready.gov.
The right container for your supplies will vary in a number of ways, depending on size, weight and the storage space available. Ideally, the container you use should be portable, durable and waterproof.
- Water (one gallon per day per person)
- Food (canned and dry goods, high-calorie food bars, keeping in mind any dietary needs or restrictions)
- Personal first-aid kit
- Battery-powered flashlight (with extra batteries)
- Battery-powered radio (with extra batteries)
- Personal Medication Record
- Hygienic items (toothbrush/hand sanitizer/etc.)
- Extra clothing
- Rain poncho
- 12-hour light sticks
- Whistle (to alert rescue parties)
- Face mask (to avoid dangerous bacteria)
Other essential items:
Following are important websites and phone numbers to have on hand: FEMA (toll-free): 1-800-621-FEMA (3362); www.fema.gov American Red Cross (toll-free): 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767); www.redcross.org For more information on preparing for an emergency, visit www.ready.gov.