Be Prepared for Disasters
In the past, we have had to convince people that natural disasters were something they may have to go through. These past years have taught us that disasters, from hurricanes to pandemics, are all too real, and being prepared is more common sense than anything else.
So, if there is a disaster, what should you have with you?
According to FEMA, these are the basic items you should have in your home emergency supply kit:
- 1 gallon of drinkable water per person per day, for three days
- 3-day supply of non-perishable food per person
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio with NOAA Weather Alert capability
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, plastic sheeting, duct tape
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
- Extra batteries for anything requiring power
- New pandemic supplies: Face coverings, soap, hand sanitizer, current prescription medications/equipment, baby and/or pet supplies, and materials for an overnight stay.
You should also consider the unique needs of your family or loved ones to create a customized supply kit that meets any special requirements.
Stay prepared by taking a few minutes each year to review FEMAs recommended emergency supply list at http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.