An emergency can strike at any time. It could be a flood, tornado, hurricane, earthquake, wildfire, terrorist attack, severe weather, natural disaster, power outage, or medical pandemic. It could even be a personal emergency like job loss or house fire.
Emergencies often occur without warning. Will you be ready?
While it is important to be practical, many folks are simply not prepared for an emergency. An emergency kit is a great start.
72 hours or 30 days
FEMA recommends every household to have supplies for at least 72 hours. During the Covid-19 pandemic, it was recommended by other organizations to have 14-30 days worth of supplies on hand in the event of a quarantine situation or supply shortage.
Creating A Preparedness Kit
When considering how much to store, make sure you have sufficient supplies for each person and pet, and update your kit as needs change.
You should have at least 1 gallon of water per person for hydration and sanitation. If you cannot store water, water purification products are another option. Don’t forget your pets when planning on how much water you’ll need.
When considering food quantities for your household and animals, try to think about how much food would be needed for 30 days. Shelf stable food is preferred in the event of power outages.
Emergency preparedness kits should be kept in a grab and go storage containers. You may only have moments to remove yourself from a situation, so having these supplies easily accessible will facilitate a rapid departure.
Finally, check your preparedness kits quarterly. Replace expired or damaged items, and update as the members of your household (including pets) changes.
Emergency Kit List
In the download below, you’ll find a list of suggestions for and emergency preparedness kit, based upon recommendations from many sources. Feel free to adapt this list to fit your individual needs.
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