Friday, September 20, 2013

Are You Prepared?


September is National Preparedness Month. After seeing the flood disaster in Colorado and Mexico this week, it really made me think about whether or not our family is prepared for a disaster.

I found this list of things you should have handy in case of an emergency. How many do you have ready?

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

You might also want to include these:


  • Prescription medication and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Important family documents in a waterproof, portable container.
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Paper and pencil


  • These lists were taken from the FEMA website.
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    2 comments:

    Michelle Montero said...

    I am always putting off a kit like this. My in-laws live in Staten Island and were hit by Sandy and they said it's amazing what life is like when you can't get to the store to get food or to get gas.

    Carol said...

    My daughter lives in CO and she says the same thing!

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