If an emergency or a disaster strikes you and your community you live in, you may not have access to food, water or power for quite some time. But, with disaster preparedness you could get through a disaster far easier. You just need to take time to put together your emergency water supplies, food, and disaster supplies kit.
Even though generally an emergency or a disaster won't cut you off from food supplies for two weeks or more, it's a good idea to make sure you have a supply of food that will last at least that long. The top priority in disaster preparedness however, is making sure that you have a good supply of clean water. A normally active person needs at least a half a gallon of water a day. You also will need water to help cook food and personal hygiene. Store at least one additional half gallon of water per person for each day. You should try to store up to two weeks of water for each person if possible. You also will need to take your pets and service animals into account when preparing your supply kits.
Disaster Supplies Kit
This is a collection of basic items you might need during a disaster. These can be used at home, in the office in a vehicle or school.
- Water one gallon per person (3 day supply for evacuation, 2 week supply for home)
- Food should be nonperishable and easy to prepare items (3 day supply for evacuation, 2 week supply for home)
- Battery powered radio
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- 7 day supply of medications and medical items
- A multipurpose tool
- Personal hygiene items and sanitary items
- Personal documents like medication list, medical information, proof of address, passports, birth certificates and insurance policies
- Cell phone and charger
- Emergency contact information and family information
- Extra money
- Emergency blanket
- Maps of the area
- Medical supplies like glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane, etc.
- Baby supplies
- Games and activities for children
- Pet supplies
- Two way radios
- Extra car keys and house keys
- Hand can opener
- Surgical masks
- Rain gear
- Work gloves
- Tools for securing home
- Extra clothes, hats, sturdy shoes
- Plastic sheeting
- Duct tape
- Blankets or sleeping bags
Make sure to pack the items in containers that are easy to carry and make sure that you label what they are and store them where they are easily accessible. Things like duffel bags, backpacks and even trash receptacles are good for storing these items in. The most important thing about disaster preparedness is to make sure that you have all the items you need for all in your family and this includes your pets.