Be Prepared – Emergency Supply Kits

While many of our friends and loved ones take cover from Hurricane Sandy – we thought it couldn’t hurt to remind everyone about the importance of having an emergency supply kit when disaster looms.

Whether you are in a coastal area and must prepare for a hurricane or in one of our northern states that is often overwhelmed with snow – being prepared is key. Here are the recommended components of an emergency supply kit suggested by the CDC and American Red Cross.

Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Several clean containers of water, large enough for a three-to-five day supply. This is about five gallons per person
  • A supply of non-perishable foods that can last three days
  • A first aid kit and manual
  • A battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries
  • Sleeping bags, extra blankets
  • Prescription medicines and special medical needs
  • Copies of personal documents (birth certificate, passport, insurance poilicies)
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Cash
  • Local map(s)
  • Disposable cleaning cloths, such as “baby wipes” for the whole family to use in case bathing facilities are not available
  • Personal hygiene supplies, such as soap, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, etc.

Other items you may need – depending on your family’s needs:

  • Baby food and/or prepared formula, diapers, and other baby supplies.
  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Two­way radios
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener

Other items to consider – depending on the disasters common to your area:

  • Whistle
  • N95 or surgical masks
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Household liquid bleach
  • Entertainment items

The Center for Disease Control and the American Red Cross have also teamed up to provide answers to common questions and a step by step guide you can take to protect your loved ones.

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