Emergency Preparedness: Grab & Go
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Posted by: Itati Martin
Grab and Go: Packing an Emergency Preparedness Kit
Every home should have an emergency supply kit packed and ready in the event of an emergency. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) everyone should be prepared to take care of themselves and their families for the first 72 hours – three days – following a disaster.
Packing an emergency preparedness kit helps ensure the safety and comfort of you and your family at a time when basic public services may be disrupted.
The emergency supplies in your kit can be stored in easy-to-carry plastic storage containers, duffel bags or backpacks, making them easy to grab and go when an emergency forces you to leave your home.
Putting together an emergency kit doesn’t need to be costly. Many of the items that you need in your kit are likely already scattered throughout your home and many others are available at discount stores like Dollar Tree or the 99 Cent Store.
An emergency preparedness kit will make your stay away from home during an evacuation more comfortable, ensuring you have foods you like, over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, entertainment or even treats during a stressful time.
An emergency preparedness kit could contain 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 masks to help filter contaminated air
·Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
·Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
·Manual can opener
·Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
·Prescription medications and eye glasses
·Infant formula, bottles, powdered milk and diapers (as necessary)
·Pet food and extra water for your pets
·Cash (small bills) and change
·Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information in a waterproof, portable container
·First aid reference material
·Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
·Complete change of clothing including long sleeved shirt, long pants and comfortable, sturdy shoes
·Household chlorine bleach and a medicine dropper for use as a disinfectant or to treat water*
·Matches or lighters in a waterproof container
· Personal hygiene items
·Mess kits, paper plates, cups, utensils, paper towels
·Paper and pencil
·Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
While we may not believe that we live in an area that would be adversely affected by a natural or man-made disaster, preparation is key to survival and comfort.
*Household chlorine bleach when diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach can be used as a disinfectant, or in an emergency 16 drops of regular liquid bleach per gallon of water can be used to treat water.