In the event of an emergency, you need to be prepared to sustain yourself and your family for several days with no outside help. One thing you can do to prepare for such an event is to have an emergency supply kit. When preparing your emergency kit, stockpile enough supplies to last at least three full days.
There are six basic items that you should stock in your emergency kit:
Clothing and bedding
First aid supplies and prescription medications
Tools and emergency supplies
Keep these items in a waterproof container that can be easily transported from your home to your car in the event you have to evacuate suddenly.
Building Your Kit
Your Emergency Kit should include:
Clothing and bedding - include at least one complete change of clothing per person and sturdy shoes or work boots, rain gear, blankets or sleeping bag
First Aid Kit with insect repellent
Food for infants if needed
Food for pets if needed
High energy foods
If you need to disinfect something, you can use Chlorine bleach and a medicine dropper.**Dilute the bleach - nine parts water to one part bleach; treat water - 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Never use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
Make sure you refill all your prescription medications so you have enough for at least a week. Also, include personal hygiene items.
Manual can opener, basic tools including a saw or ax, flashlights and extra batteries, radio, plastic sheeting and duct tape and a whistle or noisemaker to signal for help
Non-perishable food - select food items that are compact and lightweight such as:
Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
Water - One gallon of water per person per day
This includes important documents like insurance papers, ID, bank account info and cash. Put all items in a portable, waterproof container. Remember to store supplies for family members with special requirements, such as infants and the elderly or those with disabilities. Have books, games and puzzles for children.