What is a Disaster Supplies Kit?
Assembling the supplies you might need following a disaster is an important part of your Family Disaster Plan. Having extra supplies at home or supplies to take with you in the event of an evacuation can help your family endure evacuation or home confinement.
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Tips for your Disaster Supplies Kit
- Keep a smaller Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk of each car in case you are stranded or are not able to return home.
- Keep items in airtight plastic bags to help protect them from damage or spoiling.
- Replace stored food and water every six months to ensure freshness.
- Rethink your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.
- Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications because stores may be closed or supplies may be limited during a disaster.
- Use an easy-to-carry container for the supplies you would most likely need for an evacuation. Label it clearly. Possible containers include:
- A large, covered plastic or trash container
- A camping backpack or duffle bag
- A cargo container that will fit on the roof of your vehicle
Disaster Supplies Kit basics
Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Kit basics are:
- Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit and first aid manual
- Prescription medications and copies of prescriptions
- Credit card and cash
- Personal identification
- An extra set of car keys
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Signal flare and whistle to signal help