Build a Kit
Food & Water
Take a look around your kitchen. Could you survive two weeks on what’s there? Minus power? Minus running water? A well-organized emergency kit needs to sustain your household for 30 days in our area. Follow these suggestions when building your kit:
• One gallon of water per person, per day.
Store a supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration or cooking and little or no water, such as:
Canned meats, fruits and vegetables
Canned juices and soups
High energy foods – peanut butter, granola bars, trail mix, beef jerky
When the power goes out, use refrigerator foods first and then the frozen foods; use them before they spoil. Use the canned and boxed foods last.
FIRST AID & MEDICAL NEEDS
sterile 4" adhesive bandages
sterile 4" x 4" gauze pads
4" rolled gauze bandages
large triangular bandages
scissors and tweezers
non-aspirin pain reliever
hydrogen peroxide to disinfect wounds
antibiotic ointment to dress wounds
needle & thread
instant cold packs
For more medical needs information click HERE.
For First Aid instructions, click HERE.
TOOLS & SUPPLIES
paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
battery-operated AM radio, extra batteries
Camp stove, sterno stove or barbecues
non-electric can opener
toilet paper and towelettes
roll of plastic
duct tape to seal broken windows
Clothing and Bedding
one complete change of clothes
blankets or sleeping bags
sturdy shoes, warm socks
hat and gloves
Extra eye glasses
Prescription drugs and medications
Baby formula, food, and diapers
A Family Picture
Games and Books
Contact Lens Solution
After a major disaster, you may need financial assistance and will want to document any property loss for insurance and income tax purposes. Have ready access to the documents necessary for completing application forms, as well as those which could be difficult to replace. This will help reduce delay and frustration.
At a minimum:
Gather property insurance papers (home, auto, boat, etc.) and make copies.
Gather health insurance papers (medical provider, dental provider, life - do not resuscitate, extended disability, etc.) and make copies.
Gather financial papers (bank, investment, retirement, etc.) and make copies.
Gather wills, powers of attorney, estate papers and make copies.
Take photos or video of all valuables as documentation for insurance claims.