It’s important to always be prepared for emergencies, both at home, and in case you have to leave home because of an emergency. You should have an at-home kit or bag with more extensive items (like bleach, tool kit, 3 day supply of food and water) that will stay at home and another kit or bag in case you must leave your home because of an emergency. Having an emergency bag in the car and under your desk at work is also a good idea. See Homeland Security Department Family Plan
Home Emergency Preparedness Kit
*All items in the home kit should all be assembled and stored together in a container (plastic), bag(s) (shopping, storage or duffle type) or other convenient storage container. *The kit should be in an area of the home that is easy to access (except for keeping toxic items away from small children).
- For the home, have 3 gallons of water for each member of the household including pets.
3/person tuna can, 3/person tuna pouch
1 Jar of peanut butter – is high in protein and filling
4 protein and cereal bar –
1 box of crackers
1 container of Powdered milk
1 Dried fruit – avoid canned fruits in Go Bags that may be heavier to carry because it is packed in juice
- 1 manual can opener
- Disposable utensils
- Comfort foods such as cookies and crisps to help ease stress
Children and Pets
- Baby formula & food (3-day supply)
- 3 Bags of small pet food pouches (dog and cat)
- QUIET toys & items to keep children and pets busy.
Battery-powered lanterns – AVOID candles! They are hazardous and don’t last as long.
Keep a flashlight in every room of your home.
*Keep in your home and kit cash or traveler’s checks (usually $200), in case cash machines are down and stores and hotels don’t accept credit cards
Emergency Preparedness Kit (personal and portable)
- An Emergency Preparedness Kit can be assembled in any type of duffle bag, backpack or easy to carry bag.
- For those who may have mobility challenges or children’s bags, consider using a wheeled book bag or small, lightweight luggage.
- The bags should be stored in a location where they can be easily located and removed by every member of the home.
- Test the bag to make sure you can carry it in case you have to walk a distance to safety.
- For your kit, if you cannot find packaged water, put 3 bottles of water in your kit.
*Select food items that are compact and lightweight so that you can carry more food with less weight. See examples of items below.
Remember, pack a handheld can opener in your home kit AND carry bags!
Examples of food:
Foil and peel back meat, like Lunch on the Go packages (not refrigerated lunchables), fruit cups, juice drinks, snacks, energy bars, granola bars. Avoid juice boxes and plastic wrap fruit cups in the kit. These can puncture easily, and do not store as long.
- Select food high in protein, calories and nutrition, which will provide needed vitamins and nutrients during curtailed food intake.
- If your water supply is limited, try to avoid foods that are high in fat and protein, and don’t stock salty foods, since they will make you thirsty.
- Try to eat salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.
- Bottle of multivitamins
Toiletries/Sanitary (Here is where those hotel goodies come in handy! Use the hotel size items or check the travel section of stores like CVS, Target, etc.)
- Toothbrush, toothpaste
- Sanitizing towelettes
- Feminine products
- Hand soap
- Garbage bag (garbage bags are also good if you are caught outside in the cold. Wrap the bag around you and it will hold your body heat.)
- Cleaning product like Clorox package wipes, not the canister.
- Change of clothing (including underwear, socks) and a blanket
- Battery-powered flashlight
- Battery-powered radio
- Extra Batteries
- Whistle and neon flair/glow stick to signal for help
- Small First Aid Kit
- 10-day supply of extra prescription medicine, in case pharmacies are slow to reopen
- Information card/sheet with emergency contact, doctor’s name, list of medications and medical conditions.
Keep in the home and the Go bag, cash or traveler’s checks in case cash machines are down and stores and hotels are unable to accept credit cards
Extras: Magazines, Books, Crossword puzzles
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