After a disaster, local officials and relief workers will be on the scene, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. In the event it would take hours, or days would your family be prepared to cope with the emergency until help arrives? Disasters happen anytime and anywhere, possibly leaving you with little time to respond. A highway spill of hazardous materials could mean instant evacuation, while a winter storm could confine your family at home. Other emergencies could cut off basic services, gas, water, electricity and telephones, for days.
Disaster Supplies Kit
Your family will cope best by preparing for disasters before they happen. One way is by assembling a disaster supplies kit. Once disaster hits, you won’t have much time to prepare or search for supplies. If you have gathered supplies in advance, your family can endure an evacuation or home confinement.
There are six basics you should stock in your disaster supplies kit: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies and special items. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry container. Possible containers include a large, covered trash container, a camping backpack or duffel bag.
To prepare your kit, review the checklists on the following webpages, gather the supplies listed and place your supplies in an easy-to-carry container.