Most families today have seen the devastation caused by hurricanes and
tornados. In case one of these natural disasters should strike your
neighborhood, it is important to be prepared.
First, get a kit. The recommended items to include in a basic
emergency supply kit is:
one gallon of water per person per day for at least three
days, for drinking and sanitation
at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather
Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic
sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
Additional Items to Consider Adding To An Emergency Supply
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Infant formula and diapers
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance
policies, identification and bank account records in a
waterproof, portable container
- Cash or traveler’s checks and change
- Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider
additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved
shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional
clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When
diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be
used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it
to treat water by using 16 drops of regular house hold
liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color
safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
- Fire Extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils,
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children1
- One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and
- Children, nursing mothers, and sick people may need more
- If you live in a warm weather climate more water may be
- Store water tightly in clean plastic containers such as
soft drink bottles.
- Keep at least a three-day supply of water per
- Store at least a three-day supply of
- Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation
or cooking and little or no water.
- Pack a manual can opener and eating utensils.
- Avoid salty foods, as they will make you thirsty.
- Choose foods your family will eat.
- Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
- Protein or fruit bars
- Dry cereal or granola
- Peanut butter
- Dried fruit
- Canned juices
- Non-perishable pasteurized milk
- High energy foods
- Food for infants
- Comfort/stress foods2