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
- 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:
- N95 or surgical masks
- Rain gear
- Work gloves
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Plastic sheeting
- Duct tape
- 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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