Every home should have a basic emergency supply and first aid kit. A three day supply of necessary items is recommended. It is also recommended that every household prepare a full kit for use at home, and a portable kit for vehicles, work places, and anywhere else that time is spent on a regular basis.
Basic Emergency Supply Kit Recommendations
Water (one gallon per person, per day)
Manual Can Opener
Matches or Lighters (sealed in a waterproof container)
Disposable Plates, Cups, and Utensils
First Aid Kit (with basic material for treating injuries)
Whistle (Each family member should have one to use to signal for help; wearable whistles would be best.)
Prescription Medication and Prescription Glasses
Sanitary Items/Personal Hygiene Products
Plain Chlorine Bleach (with a medicine dropper) – 9 parts water to 1 part bleach can be used as a disinfectant; 16 drops of regular bleach per gallon of water can treat water in an emergency
Large and Small Trash Bags (for garbage and personal sanitation)
Cash, Checks, and Credit Cards
Important Documents (sealed in a waterproof container) – IDs, insurance policies, Social Security cards, birth certificates, marriage licenses, bank account numbers
Keys (for the home and vehicles)
Recent Photos (They can be used for identification in case the family gets separated during an emergency.)
Use Safety Tats (www.safetytat.com) – In the event they get separated, Safety Tats can help reunite kids with their parents more quickly.
Battery Powered Radio or Crank Radio
Flashlights (with batteries)
Battery Powered Chargers for Cell Phones
Batteries (specialty batteries necessary for blood glucose monitors, blood pressure monitors, hearing aids, etc.)
Tools (for turning off utilities)
Baby Care Items (formula, bottles, food, and diapers)
Pet Care Items (food and extra water)
Writing Paper, Pens, and Pencils
Activities for Children (books, games, puzzles, etc.)
Do not wait until disaster strikes; have a plan! Make sure everyone in the home is familiar with the plan. Discuss where members of the household should go and what they should do if an emergency occcurs when they are away from home. Designate a meeting place if it becomes impossible to return home.
Even young children should carry some form of identification with them at all times. Parents who have business cards should consider placing them into the pockets of their children’s backpacks and/or taping them inside of other items that children might carry with them. This is an especially good idea for pre-school and elementary aged children. Younger children may have trouble remembering their parent’s contact information.