Being prepared for a disaster is important. As Hurricane Season is upon us and we are closer to the time frame when we can expect a hurricane, it is important to take steps to be prepared and know beforehand what actions to take.
- Stock your home with emergency supplies that you and your family may need during the emergency period.
- Make sure that you have at least a 3 – 5 day supply of non-perishable food and water.
- Include prescription medications, baby supplies, pet supplies and any additional items for special medical needs.
- Place an emergency kit in your car.
You should stock your home with supplies that may be needed during the emergency period. At a minimum, these supplies should include:
- Several clean containers for water, large enough for a 3-5 day supply of water (about five gallons for each person).
- A 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food.
- A first aid kit and manual.
- A battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries.
- Sleeping bags or extra blankets.
- Water-purifying supplies, such as chlorine or iodine tablets or unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach.
- Prescription medicines and special medical needs.
- Baby food and/or prepared formula, diapers, and other baby supplies.
- Disposable cleaning cloths, such as “baby wipes” for the whole family to use in case bathing facilities are not available.
- Personal hygiene supplies, such as soap, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, etc.
- An emergency kit for your car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc.
You can find more information on emergency plans and supply kits at READY.GOV
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/supplies.asp