What you have on hand when a disaster happens could make a big difference. Plan to store enough supplies for everyone in your household for at least three days.
- Water. Have at least one gallon per person per day.
- Food. Pack non-perishable, high-protein items, including energy bars, ready-to-eat soup, peanut butter, etc. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water.
- Flashlight. Include extra batteries.
- First aid kit. Include a reference guide.
- Medications. Don't forget both prescription and non-prescription items.
- Battery-operated Weather radio. Include extra batteries.
- Tools. Gather a wrench to turn off gas if necessary, a manual can opener, screwdriver, hammer, pliers, knife, duct tape, plastic sheeting, and garbage bags and ties.
- Clothing. Provide a change of clothes for everyone, including sturdy shoes and gloves.
- Personal Items. Remember eyeglasses or contact lenses and solution; copies of important papers, including identification cards, insurance policies, birth certificates, passports, etc.; and comfort items such as toys and books.
- Sanitary supplies. You'll want toilet paper, towelettes, feminine supplies, personal hygiene items, bleach, etc.
- Money. Have cash. (ATMs and credit cards won't work if the power is out.)
- Contact information. Includey a current list of family phone numbers and e-mail addresses, including someone out of the area who may be easier to reach by e-mail if local phone lines are overloaded.
- Pet supplies. Include food, water, leash, litter box or plastic bags, tags, medications, and vaccination information.
- Map. Consider marking an evacuation route on it from your local area.