What to Put in Your Diaster Supplies Kit

Assemble a disaster supplies kit:

  • First aid kit and medications.
  • Canned food and can opener.
  • At least three gallons of water per person.
  • Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags.
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
  • Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.
  • Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you’ll need a professional to turn them back on).

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One Response to What to Put in Your Diaster Supplies Kit

  1. Karen says:

    Other things to take if you are evacuating:

    * A detailed written list of prescription medications. You can probably get a list from your pharmacy, or copy the information exactly from the bottles.

    * A list of friends’ and family members’ telephone numbers.

    If you are a computer user, you can also e-mail both lists to a friend or relative, or to yourself at an account that’s accessible from any Internet-connected computer (gmail, hotmail, yahoo, etc.). Then print the e-mails and put them in your Go Bag.

    I volunteered at the RCN (GET-INFO) call center after Hurricane Katrina and these were the two most common complaints callers had about things they wished they’d brought. Many people brought a few days’ worth of medications, but were away from home much longer and ran out. Having a list will make it easier to get refills. One woman brought her cell phone, but it fell into a puddle and all her stored numbers were lost. We depend on technology, but sometimes old-fashioned paper works best.


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