Checking off your emergency supply list
Summer storm season is upon us. Do you have a basic survival kit prepared? Don’t procrastinate — use this information to ‘git ‘er done!’ Let the kids help — they’ll think it’s fun!
If disaster hits, you need water, food and clean air. Customize your kit to meet your specific needs and to include your important family documents. Below are items you may want to have gathered. A backpack is easy to grab if time is short. For more information, visit: eden.lsu.edu/Resources/NPM/Pages/GetaKit.aspx.
Or, you can access a Family Emergency Plan and a Basic Disaster Supplies Kit list at: ready.gov.
Recommended supplies to include in a basic kit are:
• Important family documents in a waterproof, portable container (zipper-close bag), including: driver’s license, social security card, passport/immigration docs, birth and marriage certificates, property titles, living will/power of attorney/will and last testament, insurance policies, bank account numbers, phone numbers and addresses for service companies (electric, etc.) and all businesses with whom you have an account.
• Cash (including change)
• Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
• Water (one gallon per person per day, for drinking/sanitation)
• Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person)
• Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert (w/extra batteries )
• Flashlight (w/extra batteries)
• Local maps
• First Aid kit
• Matches (in waterproof container)
• Whistle (to signal for help)
• Moist towelettes and garbage bags/plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
• Dust mask or cotton T-shirt (to help filter the air)
• Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Manual can opener
• Pet food/extra water
• Household chlorine bleach — as a disinfectant (diluted nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to treat water - 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Not scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
• Medicine dropper
• Medications (prescription and OTC)
• Eye glasses
• Personal hygiene items
• Rain gear
• Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
• Paper towels
• Fire extinguisher
• Signal flare
• Paper, pencil
• Pack one set of clothing per person that is appropriate to current temperatures
• Blankets/sleeping bags
• Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
• Other items, as needed
Emergency reference materials such as a first aid book or a print-out of the information is available on ready.gov.