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CREATE A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT

A Disaster Supplies Kit is a necessity for anyone living in the area affected by hurricanes.  Your kit should be assembled and ready to go at a moment’s notice, not requiring to be gathered up when you suddenly find yourself needing it.  Your Disaster Supplies Kit should be stored in waterproof containers, and in an easily accessible place, known by all adults in your household.  You should also make sure that every few months you inventory your kit and make sure stored food is still safe to eat, medications are not past expiration dates, and that batteries are not corroded.  Here are the basic supplies your kit should contain.

  • Water
    Plan to have at least 1 gallon of water per person, daily, and to have enough for each person to have clean drinking water for 3 to 7 days.
  • Food
    Pack non-perishable packaged or canned foods for 3 to 7 days.  Be sure to have proper foods for infants, elderly, or anyone with allergies.  Don’t forget to include a non-electric can opener, paper plates, plastic utensils, and garbage bagsPlan on not being able to cook the food, unless you pack cooking tools and fuel as well.
  • Pillows and Blankets or Sleeping Bags
  • Protective Clothing, Sturdy Shoes and Rainwear
    Make sure all members of your family have comfortable, sturdy shoes to ensure they can move around quickly and without injuring their feet on any debris.  A couple pairs of work gloves are also good to have in your kit.
  • Basic First Aid Kit, Medications, and Prescription Drugs
    Make sure to have an extra month’s worth of any necessary prescription drugs on hand, as well as a basic first aid kit and any typical over-the-counter medications you and your family may need (painkillers, anti-itch ointments, antacids, etc.).
  • Toiletries and Hygiene Items
    At the very least, be sure to have antibacterial gel, moist wipes, and bacteria-killing mouthwash in your kit.  This way you can stay as clean as possible even if you don’t have access to showers or running water.
  • Flashlights
    It is best to plan for one flashlight per adult, as well as extra batteries for each flashlight.
  • Radio
    Have a battery-operated radio in your kit.  If possible, get an NOAA Weather Radio to ensure you get weather updates.  Be sure to have extra batteries for the radio as well.
  • Telephones
    Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and that you have at least one extra battery for it, as well as a charge for the car.  Make sure you also have a traditional (not cordless) telephone in your home.
  • Tools
    It helps to have a basic toolkit with you.  At least have a hammer, 2 sizes of both flat head and Phillips screw drivers, a wrench and pliers.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Keys
    Be sure to have an extra set of keys to your home, vehicles, and any other locked areas (sheds, garage, and even safety deposit box).
  • Important Documents
    Keep copies of any insurance documents, medical records, bank account information, etc. in waterproof plastic bags, inside waterproof containers.  It is also a good idea to have extra photo identification cards for all adults stored in the kit at all times, as well as photos of your children and pets.
  • Cash and Credit Cards
    Be sure to have enough cash to last a few days, as banks and ATMs may be inaccessible.  Be sure to have a variety of denominations in bills.
  • Pet Care Items
    Make sure you have proper ID tags for your pets, as well as food and water to last them 3 to 7 days.  Include veterinary records in with your important documents, and also be sure to have a sturdy leash and secure carrier.  If your pet is on medication, make sure you have extra of that as well.
  • Toys, Books and Games
    Have something to help pass the time, especially for small children.  Playing cards, travel board games, and coloring books are easiest to carry.
  • Full Vehicle Gas Tank
    Make sure your family vehicle gas tank is full in case you need to evacuate.  Often there are long lines at gas stations that are open.
  • Special Needs Items
    If you have infants, special needs children, or dependant seniors in your family, make sure their needs are taken care of. 
  • Camera
    In case you need to record any damage immediately, consider keeping a camera in your disaster kit.  If you have a film camera, ensure you have extra film.  Don’t forget extra batteries as well.
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