Friday, September 12, 2008

Disaster Supply Kit

Hurricane Season is officially from June 01 - November 30 and with all these hurricanes, and tropical storms going around I thought I'd share some information to encourage preparedness.

Have a Disaster Supply Kit for Home

There are six basics that you should stock for your home: water, food, first-aid kit, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies. Keep any essential items needed for evacuation in an easy-to-carry container.


  • Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles, or milk jugs.
  • Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles.
  • A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day.
  • Store one gallon of water per person per day for 3-7 days.
  • Keep at least a three day personal supply of water per person. (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation and sanitation)


  • Store at least a three day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and requires little or no water.
  • If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno.
  • Select food items that are compact and lightweight.
  • Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:
    Non-perishable packaged or canned food/ juices
    Foods for infants or the elderly
    Snack foods
    Non-electric can opener
    High energy foods

First-Aid Kit

  • 20 adhesive bandages, various sizes
  • Sterile dressing
  • Conforming roller gauze bandage
  • Triangular bandage
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • A roll of cohesive bandage
  • Germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Pair of large medical grade, non-latex gloves
  • Adhesive tape
  • Anti-bacterial ointment
  • Cold pack
  • Scissors
  • CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield

Non-Prescription Drugs

  • Pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid
  • Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
  • Laxative
  • Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)

Tools and Supplies

  • Mess kits: paper cups, plates and utensils
  • Emergency Preparedness manual
  • Battery operated radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cash, or travelers checks
  • Fire extinguisher: small canister- ABC type
  • Tube tent
  • Pliers
  • Tape
  • Signal flare
  • Shut-off wrench : to turn off household gas and water
  • Whistle
  • Map of the area including shelters
  • Fully charged cell phone with extra battery


  • Toilet paper
  • Soap, liquid
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Disinfectant
  • Household bleach

Clothing and Bedding

  • Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person
  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Hat and gloves

*Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons.

Important Family Documents

  • Keep all documents in a waterproof portable container
  • Will, insurance policies, contracts, medical records, bank account numbers, SSN Card, etc.
  • Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members.
  • Keep a smaller version in the trunk of your car.
It's a good idea to know the approved shelters in your area and the evacuation routes.
Be safe people.....

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