Create a personal safety net by organizing these 50 items into go-to kits in case of natural disaster – be it hurricane, earthquake, fire or flood. Use this checklist to start stockpiling the necessities you shouldn’t be without.
Tailor this kit to your specific needs. Check expiration dates every six months, resupplying when necessary.
- Prescription medications/equipment (14-day supply)
- Sterile gloves (2 pairs)
- Sterile dressings, adhesive bandages
- Multipurpose pocket knife
- Antibiotic ointment
- Burn ointment
- Eyewash for flushing contaminants
- Aspirin/pain reliever
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Sanitation items (toilet paper, plastic bags, hand sanitizer)
- Toothbrushes, toothpaste
- Hearing aids with extra batteries.
- Spare glasses, contact lenses.
In case of an evacuation, pack these important items along with your first-aid kit and essential papers.
One gallon of water per person, per day (3 -day supply) *
Food: nonperishable, ready-to-eat items; pet food (3-day supply)*
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
Spare cellphone chargers
Extra set car and house keys
Matches (in waterproof container)
Lightweight high-insulation blanket
Extra clothing, hat, sturdy shoes
* Replace Yearly
Store by your “go” container, in case you are stranded on your own turf.
- One gallon of water per person, per day (14-day supply)
- Non-perishable, ready-to-eat food; pet food (14-day supply)
- Manual can opener
- Plates, utensils, napkins
- Fire extinguisher
- Work gloves
- Face masks for dust and mold
- Small toolbox including wrench or pliers for utility shutoff
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape for sealing windows, doors
- Chlorine bleach with medicine dropper **
- Extra blankets, sleeping bags
- Rain ponchos, towels
** To treat non-bottled water for drinking: After filtering water through cloth, add 8 drops of regular household liquid bleach to 1 gallon of water; if water is cloudy or muddy, add 16 drops.
- Emergency contact information: family, friends, doctors, insurers
- I.D. Cards: photo I.D., passport, health insurance, Social Security
- Family records: birth, marriage, death certificates
- Medical and immunization records, prescriptions
- Wills, insurance policies, contracts, deeds/leases
- Recent tax returns
- Bank and credit card statements, retirement account records, investment records
- Local maps
- Video and/or photos of your valuable and the interior and exterior of your home
- Cash and change
Use Cation with portable generators:
Sever storms last year may have had you thinking about investing in a portable generator. If you bought one, or are considering a purchase, following these safety tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International could be a lifesaver.
- Never operate the generator in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces, including homes, garages and basements. Generators produce high levels of carbon monoxide – a colorless, odorless, deadly gas – very quickly.
- Do not connect your generator directly to your household wiring, as this can backfeed along the power lines and electrocute anyone coming in contact with them, including line workers making repairs
- Do not overload the generator. A portable generator should be used only when necessary, and only to power essential equipment or appliances.
- Following manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation and maintenance.
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