As a follow up to yesterday’s post on keeping your home emergency preparedness kit up to date, we thought it would be helpful to provide a check list for what you should have on hand. When you are assembling an emergency preparedness kit the government agencies and the Red Cross both recommend that you keep supplies on hand to last 3 days. You can either gather and pack these supplies or 1-800-PREPARE can supply a pre-packed kit for easy accessibility.
You obviously you can’t prepare for every contingency, but these supplied should provide at least some comfort and safety:
❏ A supply of fresh water (one gallon per person per day for drinking and washing). Store water in sealed, unbreakable containers. Identify the storage date and replace every six months.
❏ A supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a non-electric can opener. Energy bars are also a good idea.
❏ A change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes.
❏ Blankets or sleeping bags.
❏ A first aid kit and prescription medicines.
❏ An extra pair of glasses.
❏ A battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
❏ Credit cards and cash.
❏ An extra set of car keys.
❏ A list of family physicians.
❏ A list of important family information; the style and serial number of medical devices such as pacemakers.
❏ Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.
❏ Food and supplies for pets.
❏ Tools: Multi-function knife, work gloves, respirator dusk masks, nylon rope, safety googles, sewing kit.
❏ Paper and pens.
❏ Fire extinguisher