What to put into your Emergency Supply Kit?
Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:
- Water, one gallon of water 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
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Infant formula and diapers
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- 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
- Emergency reference material such as a first-aid book or information from ww.ready.gov
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Complete change of clothing including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe, or bleaches with added cleaners.
- 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 pencil
- Books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children
Emergency Evacuate Tips For Pet Owners
If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if possible. However, if you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets (See Emergency Resource List).
Make a backup emergency plan in case you can’t care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends, and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days. Professionals are requesting longer preparations of 5-7 days to be safe.
FYI: Where can I go for food and water? The American Red Cross and other volunteer agencies will provide you with food, water and clothing. Listen to your radio or watch local media for the location of the nearest volunteer agency facility.
Agencies With Animal Disaster Information:
FEMA WEBSITE: http://www.fema.gov/individual/animals.shtm
FEMA stands for: Federal Emergency Management Agency
UNITED ANIMAL NATIONS-Bringing animals out of crisis and into care:
Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS): http://www.uan.org/index.cfm?navid=27
PREPARING YOUR PETS FOR EMERGENCY: http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/pets.html
Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system:
- Pet Brochure: http://www.ready.gov/america/_downloads/pets_tagged.pdf
- Download Disaster Publications: http://www.ready.gov/america/publications/allpubs.html