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We all need to ask ourselves one question, “Am I prepared for a disaster?”


Below is an outline of what you would need if you planned on creating your own kit.  The kit, kept in a durable container, should include:

 

1. WATER - Plan on using one gallon of water per person per day. Store three gallons of water for each person and pet (72 hour supply). Also, pack purification tablets or chlorine bleach to purify drinking water from other sources. Emergency water may be obtained from water heaters, melted ice cubes, toilet tanks (the back part of toilets where the mechanism is located), and canned vegetables.

Avoid drinking water from swimming pools or especially spas - it may have too many chemicals in it to be safe.

 

2. FOOD - Store at least a three-day (72 hour supply) supply of non-perishable food. It's best to have enough canned and dried foods sufficient for a week for each member of your household. Note: both water and food stores should be replaced every so often to maintain freshness. Canned goods have a normal shelf-life of one year for maximum freshness.

 

3. FIRST AID KIT AND HANDBOOK - Have two copies of each, one for your home and one for your car.

 

4. MISCELLANEOUS TOOLS - Vital stuff you won't miss until you realize it's unobtainable. Your emergency tools should consist of:

 

6. MEDICINE AND SPECIAL ITEMS - Keep adequate supplies for babies, the elderly or disabled and others with special needs.

 

7. COPIES of important papers should be kept in a fireproof container or a safe deposit box with a key you always carry.

 

8.  CASH – You should save some amount of cash to have in your emergency kits.  During a power outage ATM machines may not be available.

Making Preparations and Securing Your Home

Keep food and water supplies on hand. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and loved ones for a period of 72 hours. This is how long it is estimated for help to arrive, as they have to deal with the same predicaments as you.

Create a family disaster plan. Discuss with your family the types of disasters that could occur. Explain to your kids how to prepare and respond to each type of disaster. Print the plan for everyone.

 

Post emergency telephone numbers by every phone. Teach children how and when to call 911, police, fire department, and which radio station to tune to for emergency information.

 

Teach all family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.

Define Your Safety Zone: against inside walls, under sturdy tables or desks, in stout doorways.

 

This is especially important for children to know and do. Have more than one place where everyone can meet and an order in which to go there. One will be your home, but you should have a second in case there's a problem. It should be a safe distance from your house in case of a home fire, and a place outside your neighborhood in case you can't immediately return.

 

Choose an out-of-state friend as a check-in contact for everyone to call.

 

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