Build a Disaster ‘Supply Kit’

No matter where we live in the world we are subject to some kind of disaster. Those disasters may include a hurricane, tornado, snow storm, wild fire, or ‘whatever’. Here are some thoughts on things you should have in your disaster supply kit.

* Stock non-perishable emergency supplies

* Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

* Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days: non-perishable packaged or canned food, juices, food for infants or the elderly, snack foods, non-electric can opener, cooking tools, fuel, paper plates, plastic utensils

* Blankets, pillows, etc.

* Clothing – seasonal, rain gear, sturdy shoes

*First Aid Kit – Medicines, prescription drugs

* Special Items – for babies and the elderly

* Toiletries – hygiene items, moisture wipes

* Flashlight – batteries

* Radio – battery-operated and NOAA weather radio

* Telephone – fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set

* Cash with some small bills and Credit Cards, banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods

* Keys

* Toys – books, games

* Important Documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag, insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.

* Tools – keep a set with you during the storm

* Vehicle fuel tank filled

* Pet care items – proper identification, immunization records, medication, ample supply of food and water, a carrier or cage, muzzle or leash

* Use a NOAA weather radio – remember to replace its batteries every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detector

Keep your fork

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