- Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed|
Its a good idea to have:
- 14 day supply of non- perishable food.
- 14 day supply of water – one gallon per person per day (1/2 gallon per pet per day).
- Portable, battery powered radio or television and extra batteries.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- First aid kit and manual.
- Sanitation and hygiene items (Moist towelettes and toilet paper).
- Fire Extinguisher.
- Adjustable wrench for turning off gas and water.
- Matches and waterproof container.
- Extra clothing.
- Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a non-electric can opener.
- Portable stove such as butane or charcoal. Note: Use of stoves should not take place until it is determined that there is no gas leak in the area. Charcoal should only be burned outdoors—use indoors will lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
- HAM Radio, if available, great for communication when lines are down. (For information on receiving HAM radio license Click here)
Just as important as putting your supplies together
is maintaining them so they are safe to use when
needed. Here are some tips to keep your supplies
ready and in good condition:
- Keep canned food in a dry place where the temperature is cool.
- Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers to protect from pests and to extend its shelf life.
- Throw out any canned good that becomes swollen, dented or corroded.
- Use foods before they go bad and replace them with fresh supplies.
- Place new items at the back of the storage area and older ones in front.
- Change stored food and water supplies every six months. Be sure to write the date you store it on all containers.
- Keep items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers, such as an unused trash can, camping backpack, or duffel bag.
- Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your families needs change.
Make sure to have some supplies set aside for your pets as well. Remember there may not be supplies available for your pets in an emergency. Here are some items to keep in or near your pack:
- Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include)
- 3-7 days' worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months) Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
- Litter or paper toweling
- Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
- Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
- Pet feeding dishes
- Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
- Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless.)
- Bottled water, at least 7 days' worth for each pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
- A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
- Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet)
- Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make "Lost" posters)
- Especially for cats: Pillowcase or EvackSack, toys, scoopable litter
- Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week's worth of cage liner.