Preparedness Tip #1: Make an Emergency Kit!

September 18, 2012

An emergency kit is simply a collection of basic items you may need in the event of an emergency. The items in this kit will be necessary if you will need to shelter-in-place or evacuate. Assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency, and update annually. Store supplies in an easy-to-carry containers, such as backpacks or duffle bags.

Include items such as:

  • At least a 72-hour supply of water (one gallon per person per day). Identify the storage date and replace every six months.
  • At least a 72-hour supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food. Learn more about putting together an emergency stockpile with healthy food at:
  • Non-electric can opener.
  • Change of clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes for every person in your household.
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags.
  • First aid kit and prescription medications.
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and plenty of extra batteries.
  • Credit cards and cash.
  • Extra set of car keys.
  • List of important family information; the style and serial number of medical devices.
  • Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.
  • Don’t forget Fido and Fluffy! Include dry pet food, kitty litter, medications and water

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