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2013 National Preparedness Month

Be prepared for an emergency by having a plan.

Be prepared for an emergency by having a plan and emergency supplies on-hand.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

September is National Preparedness Month. Through its Ready campaign, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security educates and empowers Americans to take some simple steps to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks.  Ready asks individuals to do three key things: get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses. 

All Americans should have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs.  Following is a listing of some basic items that every supply kit should include.  However, it is important that individuals review this list and consider where they live and the unique needs of their family in order to create an emergency supply kit that will meet those needs.  Individuals should also consider having at least two emergency supply kits, one full kit at home and smaller portable kits in their workplace, vehicle or other places they spend time. 

Recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit:

  • Water, one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • 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 to shelter-in-place
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if food kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps

 Additional items to consider adding to the kit:

  • Prescription medication and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for pets
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing to include long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes.
  • Household chlorine beach and medicine dropper
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencils
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

 Published courtesy of Ready.gov 

 

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