Build a Kit

A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Emerngency kitWhen a disaster or emergency occurs, you will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them. Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be disrupted for days. It’s a good idea to prepare your kit in advance.

Your disaster supplies kit should contain essential food, water and supplies for each family member for at least three days (that means 1 gallon per person per day). Don’t forget about pets; they’ll need food and water too. You might consider storing two weeks-worth of food supplies.

Keep this kit in a designated place and make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.

Bellow is a recommended supplies list to help you get started, as well as information on maintaining your kit and other helpful resources.

Recommended Supplies List

Maintaining Your Kit

 Here are some tips to keep your supplies ready and in good condition:

  • Keep canned food in a cool, dry place.Throw out any canned good that becomes swollen, dented or corroded.
  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers to protect from pests and to extend its shelf life. Clearly label the containers, and store them where you can reach them easily.
  • Use foods before they go bad and replace them with fresh supplies. Place new items at the back of the storage area and older ones in the front.
  • Change stored food and water supplies every six months. Be sure to write the date you store it on all containers.
  • Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.

 Additional Resources

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