Do you have an Emergency Disaster Kit ready?

It’s storm season in the Plains!  Are you prepared for an Emergency?  Do you have a small kit in your car?

It’s good to periodically check over what we have in store. Since natural disasters occur unexpectedly and can affect any one of us, it is wise to be prepared.  Some things we can do in advance of a disaster include planning where to meet if family members get separated and who you will notify of your whereabouts. What can you put together easily?

Here is a list of basic supplies that you may want to consider storing in your Emergency Kit:

– Water: at least one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation purposes, for a minimum of three days.

– Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

– Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio, with extra batteries for both.

– Waterproof flashlight and additional batteries.

– First Aid Kit.

– Whistle to signal for help.

– Dust mask to help filter contaminated air, along with plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place.

– Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation.

– Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.

– Can opener for food (if your kit contains canned food).

– Local maps.

– Cell phone with chargers.

– Blankets and sturdy shoes.

I hope this revised version is clearer and easier to understand. Let me know if you need any further assistance!

Additional Items to Consider:

– Prescriptions and glasses

– Infant formula and diapers

– Pet food and extra water for your pet

– Important family documents in a waterproof container

– Cash

– First aid book

– Sleeping bag for each person

– Complete change of clothing

– Feminine hygiene items

– Toilet paper

– Matches in a waterproof container

– Paper and pencil

– Mess kits, paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils, paper towels.

Many may decide to make an even more extensive cache; it’s up to each family. But whatever you do, make sure you rotate any canned goods regularly. Check expiration dates to be sure everything stays fresh and edible.  You may opt to put together a smaller kit for the car.  Whatever you do, help your family to STAY PREPARED!


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