Monday, August 1, 2011

As we approach the height of hurricane season it’s time to get back to the basics: We have already discussed how to get informed about hazards and emergencies that may affect you and your family, as well as developed an emergency plan. Now it’s time to collect and assemble disaster supplies.
A basic kit of disaster supplies should consist of the following:

• Three-day supply of non-perishable food.
• Three-day supply of water – one gallon of water per person, per day.
• Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries.
• Flashlight and extra batteries.
• First aid kit and manual.
• Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).
• Matches and waterproof container.
• Whistle.
• Extra clothing.
• Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a manual can opener.
• Photocopies of credit and identification cards.
• Cash and coins.
• Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries.
• Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
• Other items to meet your unique family needs.

Prepare for foul weather, the worst your climate as to offer. You must think about warmth and keeping dry. It is possible that you will not have heat or suitable shelter. Think about your clothing and bedding supplies. Be sure to include one complete change of clothing and shoes per person, including:

• Jacket, coat or poncho.
• Long pants.
• Long sleeve shirt.
• Sturdy shoes.
• Gloves (work or winter), hat, mittens, and scarf.
• Sleeping bag or warm blanket (per person).

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