Gather Emergency Supplies
If a disaster strikes in your community, you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for several days. You may think that you will have enough time to run to the grocery store, but stores quickly sell out of important supplies following emergency warnings.
Unfortunately, about half of adults in the United States do not have the resources and plans in place for a possible emergency. Preparing emergency kits for your family is an important step in keeping them safe and healthy during a disaster.
Pack an emergency supply kit for your House and Car.
Here’s what you’ll need:
At Least a 2-week Supply of Food and Water
- Water – one gallon per person, per day; can be purified by boiling for 3-5 minutes
- Food – foods that are easy to make and won’t spoil, like canned soup, dry pasta, and powdered milk
- Manual can opener, and a spare one
- Plastic cups for drinking water
- Basic utensils to prepare and serve meals
- 3-day supply of all medicines, at a minimum
- Medical supplies like syringes, a walking cane, or hearing aids with extra batteries
Personal Care Items
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Baby wipes
- Contact lenses or glasses, extra pairs
- Extra jacket (rain gear), pants, socks, underwear, shirts
- First aid kit
- Emergency blankets
- Multipurpose tool (that can act as a knife, file, pliers, and screwdriver)
- Whistles for every family member
- Matches in waterproof bag, candles
- Radio (battery-powered, solar, or hand-crank) for updates on the situation
- Cell phone with chargers
- Extra batteries
- Copies of important documents such as insurance cards and immunization records
- Paperwork about any serious or on-going medical condition
- Your completed family emergency plan, complete with family and emergency contact information.
You should also keep
- Extra cash
- Maps of the area
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Back up generator for power outages
Keep these tips in mind!
Every family is unique. You may have emergency needs not included in this list. Also, remember to update your kit according to changing needs of your family.
Be sure it’s ready to use
In a disaster situation, you may need to get your emergency supply kit quickly, whether you are sheltering at home or evacuating.
- Once you have gathered your supplies, pack the items in easy-to-carry containers.
- Clearly label the containers and store them where you can reach them easily.
- Remember that certain items, like medications and paper documents, need to be kept in waterproof containers.
Keep it Fresh
Check the expiration dates on food, water, medicine, and batteries at least two times per year. It’s extremely important that all items in your kit are functional at the time of an emergency.
Families can make emergencies less stressful by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Ready Wrigley can help!
- Ask your kids to think of items that they would like to include in an emergency supply kit, such as books, games, and pre-packaged foods.
- Your kids can mark the dates on a calendar for checking emergency supplies. Tell them to remind you when it’s time to check the supplies.
- Include kids in planning and creating disaster kits for family pets.
Know Your House
Find out where your gas, electric, and water shut-off locations are, and how to turn them off.
Prepare For Everywhere
Emergencies can happen anywhere. Remember to prepare supplies for home, work, and vehicles.