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Emergency Management

Make a Disaster Kit

Your family emergency supply kit will include a number of items, including:

Important Documents: Birth certificates, Social Security cards, list of current medications, insurance card, etc.

Current Medications: Keep your medications in one location so you can grab them with your document folder as you head to shelter.

Water: Store water in plastic containers. You will need one gallon of water per person, per day. (2 quarts for drinking, and 2 quarts for food preparation and sanitation.) Keep at least a 3-day supply, and change your supply every 90 days.

Food: Store at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food. You'll want items that require no refrigeration, little preparation and little or no water. Good things to include are

  • canned goods (meats, vegetables and fruits)

  • canned juices, milk and soup

  • high-energy foods like peanut butter, jelly, granola bars, trail mix, and crackers

  • comfort foods like cookies, hard candy, cereal, instant coffee and tea bags

  • pet food

Clothing & Bedding: Plan for one complete change of clothing and footwear for each person in your household. Others include:

  • sturdy shoes or work boots

  • rain gear

  • blankets and sleeping bags

  • hat and gloves

  • thermal underwear

Tools & Supplies: Keeping tools and other supplies together will come in handy during an emergency. These items should be included:

  • battery operated television or radio

  • extra batteries

  • flashlight and batteries

  • cash or traveler's checks and change

  • cellular phone

  • non-electric can opener

  • utility knife

  • matches in a waterproof container

  • pliers and a shut-off wrench for utilities

  • tape, paper and pencil

  • paper or plastic eating utensils

  • plastic sheeting

  • needle and thread

  • toilet paper

  • soap and liquid detergent

  • personal hygiene items

First Aid Kit: In case of minor injuries, a good first aid kit should include:

  • sterile adhesive bandages

  • 2" sterile gauze pads (4 to 6)

  • 4" sterile gauze pads (4 to 6)

  • adhesive tape

  • triangular bandages (3)

  • 2" sterile roller bandages (3)

  • 3" sterile roller bandages (4)

  • scissors, tweezers, needles and safety pins

  • moist towelettes

  • antiseptic spray

  • thermometer

  • petroleum jelly

  • sunscreen

  • latex gloves (2 pair)