In a time where natural disasters seem to be on the rise, it’s important to have the supplies available to keep your family safe. Having clean water, shelter and food can mean the difference between living through a disaster situation and not.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) suggests storing the following items in vehicles, at work and at home.
- Water – one gallon of water 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
- First-aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and 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
This is just a basic list and is designed to keep you alive for several days; it is not in any way comprehensive. Additional consideration needs to be given to elderly and pets. A list of additional emergency supply items that can be considered for disaster kits can be found on FEMA’s website.