A disaster can strike at anytime and anywhere without warning. A disaster can can force you out of your home and neighborhood or it could confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services such as water, gas, electricity or telephones were cut off? You and your family need to be prepared to take care of yourselves for at least three days following a major disaster. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are encouraging all Americans to make a new year’s resolution to be prepared for emergencies. FEMA’s Resolve to be Ready in 2012 is a nationwide effort to increase awareness and encourage communities to take action and prepare for emergencies in 2012.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following items:
- Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food 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 personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilites. Know where the utility shut off valves are located.
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Keep the kit in a designated place just in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the emergency kit is kept. If you have a pet, be sure to consider the needs of your furry friend and put those items in the emergency kit as well.