Making a disaster supply kit is very important but make sure it is nearby so that you can leave with it very quickly. Put supplies and equipment in a safe place and remember where you put it. Your kit will also be helpful if you must stay in your home for an extended period of time. Here are a couple of basic things that should be kept in your disaster survival kit but it is always good to add more, just make sure it is not too heavy to carry.
- Pack at least one gallon per person per day for at least three days.
- Store water in tightly sealed, non-breakable plastic, fiberglass or enamel-lined metal containers.
- Change your water every six months.
- Pack enough food to last each family member at least three days.
- Include canned and boxed foods because they require little preparation and stay good for long periods of time. Remember to bring a manual can opener or to buy food in self-opening cans.
- Pack foods in sealed metal or plastic containers.
- Replace foods every six months.
- Include foods for infants and family members with special diets.
Tools and Equipment
- Battery-powered radio
- Spare batteries
- Resealable plastic bags
- Washcloths and towels
- Paper cups and plates and plastic utensils
- Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant and other toiletries
- Heavy-duty plastic garbage bags
- Change of clothing and an extra pair of shoes and socks for each person
- Personal identification
- Copies of birth and marriage certificates, inventory of household goods, bank account numbers and other important documents
- Extra car and house keys
- Prescription medications