Creating a Disaster Supply Kit

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Having a disaster supply kit ready to take with you at a moment's notice ensures that you will have necessary supplies no matter how fast you may need to evacuate.  Pack supplies in duffel bags or backpacks and keep them in a predesignated place.  Your kit will also come in handy if you must take shelter in your home.  This list will help ensure that your disaster supply kit includes all the essentials.  Most, if not all of these items, are readily available in your home.  If they are not, these items can be purchased relatively inexpensively at discount stores, department stores, or home improvement warehouses.

Water
1.  Pack at least one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
2.  Store water in tightly sealed, non-breakable plastic, fiberglass or enamel-lined metal containers
3.  Change your water every six months


Food
1.  Pack enough food to last each family member at least three days
2.  Include canned and boxed foods because they require little preparation and stay good for long periods of time.  Remember to back or bring a manual can opener or to buy food in self-opening cans
3.  Pack foods in sealed metal or plastic containers
4.  Replace foods every six months
5.  Include foods for infants and family members with special diets


Tools and Equipment
1.  Battery-powered radio
2.  Flashlights
3.  Spare batteries
4.  Resealable plastic bags
5.  Washcloths and towels
6.  Paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
7.  Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, and other toiletries
8.  Heavy-duty trash bags
9.  Change of clothing and extra pair of shoes and socks for each person
10.  Blankets or a sleeping bag for each person


Personal Items
1.  Personal identification
2.  Copies of birth and marriage certificates, inventory of household goods, bank account numbers, and other important documents
3.  Maps
4.  Extra car and house keys
5.  Prescription medications

 

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