A surge in demand for emergency services during widespread natural disasters and biological disease outbreaks may require you to survive on your own for several days. Having an emergency supply kit on hand that includes water, food and other emergency supplies can help keep your family comfortable or save your life.
What to include
Store at least one gallon per person per day with a minimum three-day supply and enough water for pets based on their normal consumption over three days.
Keep a supply of canned foods, dry mixes and other items on your shelves to use in an emergency such as ready-to-eat meats, fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars and trail mix. Plan for the needs of infants and persons with special diets. Include a non-electric can opener and garbage bags.
First aid supplies
Include adhesive bandages, alcohol wipes, antibiotic ointment, scissors, tweezers and latex gloves.
Include pain relievers, antacids, laxatives, allergy and cold relief medications. Store according to instructions and track expiration dates. Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.
Tools and other emergency supplies
Include a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries, matches in a waterproof container, a wrench or pliers (to shut off gas), duct tape and work gloves.
Extra clothing and blankets
Include a change of clothing, diapers, extra blankets or sleeping bag.
Include a camera to document property damage before removing debris or beginning repairs.
Store the emergency supply kit in a convenient location so that is can be brought with you in the event of an evacuation or into your shelter location. Be sure family members know the shelter location and where the kit is kept in the shelter.
Check and refresh the kit
Twice a year you should check and refresh your emergency supply kit. When you change your clocks at the beginning and end of Daylights Savings Time is a good reminder to check your supplies.