Disaster can strike without warning – so don’t get caught unprepared.
As part of your basic household disaster preparation, you should have a
Survival Kit ready and stocked so that you and your family can survive
for 72 hours on your own, if necessary.
Here’s an easy guide for creating your own kit. An Emergency Hurricane
Kit should contain the following items:
- One gallon of water per person per day in unbreakable containers. Children,
nursing mothers and people who are ill will need to drink more water.
- Add more water to your calculation for mixing formula if you have young
children or if you have pets.
- Add a minimum of two quarts per person per day for food preparation and
- Buy water purification tablets. You can use them if you still have running
water but have been told to boil the water before use.
- Stock the Emergency Hurricane Kit with a three and seven days’ supply
of food for each family member. Look for small, single serving portions
that do not require refrigeration.
- Good choices are ready to eat canned fruits, vegetables and meats. Canned
juice, soup, and milk, crackers, granola bars and trail mix should also
- Don’t forget to include paper plates, plastic utensils and paper
cups. Add a can opener, aluminum foil, plastic storage containers, Sterno
for cooking, and vitamins.
- Include toilet paper, soap and liquid hand sanitizer in your kit.
- Add feminine supplies and plastic garbage bags and ties to dispose of them
discretely after use.
- Liquid detergent, chlorine bleach and disinfectant can be used to keep
things clean and neat.
- You’ll also need absorbent towels for cleanup.
First Aid Kit
Buy or make a First Aid Kit for your home and your car, and as part of
your emergency hurricane kit. This kit should have everything you need
to take care of mild to moderate injuries. Make sure that it includes
bandages, hand wipes, gloves, tape, cold packs, scissors, tweezers and
Other Key Things To Include In Your Kit
You and your family will also need to pack a change of clothes and get
blankets/bedding. Make sure you have cash or traveler’s checks on
hand to get you through several days in case there is no power in your
area and you are unable to use your credit cards temporarily.
When your kit is prepared and stored, you can rest assured that no matter
what type of disaster comes your way you and your family will be prepared
and taken care of.