One of the most important tools for emergency preparedness is the disaster supplies kit. The following is a list of the most important items for your kit. Stock up and store in a water-resistant container. And remember to replenish what you use as soon as you can.
♦ Two weeks supply of prescription medicines.
♦ Two weeks supply of nonperishable-special dietary foods.
♦ One gallon of drinking water per person per day. A minimum three-day supply.
♦ Flashlights and seven sets of batteries for each family member.
♦ A portable radio and seven sets of batteries.
♦ First-aid book and kit including bandages, antiseptic, tape, compresses, nonaspirin pain-reliever and anti-diarrhea medication.
♦ Mosquito repellent and citronella candles.
♦ Two coolers, one to keep food and the other to go get ice.
♦ Plastic tarp for roof-window repair, screening, tools and nails.
♦ Water purification kit-tablets, plain chlorine and iodine.
♦ Infant necessities medicine, sterile water, diapers, ready formula and bottles.
♦ Cleanup supplies mop, buckets, towels and disinfectant.
♦ Camera and memory card.
♦ Nonelectric can opener.
♦ Extra batteries for camera, portable television, lamps.
♦ Plastic trash bags.
♦ Toilet paper, paper towels and premoistened towelettes.
If you evacuate, you should also take:
♦ Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or air mattresses.
♦ Extra clothing, shoes, eyeglasses.
♦ Folding chairs, lawn chairs or cots.
♦ Personal hygiene items – toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant.
♦ Quiet games, books, playing cards and favorite toys for children.
♦ Important papers such as driver’s license, special medical information, insurance policies and property inventories.
♦ Precious commodities before and after a storm:
♦ Cash – with no power, banks may be closed, checks and credit cards not accepted and ATMs may not be operational.
♦ Charcoal, wooden matches and grill.