Hurricane Preparedness Week : Assemble Disaster Supplies

After a disaster, you may need to survive on your own for several days or even weeks. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. If you put a kit together last year, but haven’t reviewed the contents, now is a good time to make sure food, batteries and other perishables haven’t expired and supplies didn’t disappear during non-emergency periods.

In addition to the basics, you should also make sure you have an adequate supply of medication, pet food and cash to pay for additional supplies, even if the power goes out during a storm.

Below is a list of basic emergency supplies as recommended by

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight and radio with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Face mask (to help filter contaminated air and help against the spread of viruses)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
  • Games and toys to keep children entertained

Store supplies in a duffel bag or bin that you can quickly grab if you need to evacuate. If the storm is close, you might move the kit to your car so you’re ready to go in a moment’s notice. If you need to shelter in place, be sure your emergency supplies are easily accessible.

In addition to keeping an emergency kit in your home, you’ll want to keep one at work and one in your car, just in case you’re stranded away from home.

Click here for a printable Supply list to check off each item as you place it in your kit.

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