You may need to survive on your own after a disaster. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days.
Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container. Possible containers include a large, covered trash container; a camping backpack; or a duffle bag.
There are six basics you should stock in your home:
You should have at least a three-day supply of water and you should store at least one gallon of water per person per day. A normally active person needs at least one-half gallon of water daily just for drinking. Additionally, in determining adequate quantities, take the following into account:
Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Avoid foods that will make you thirsty. Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals, and canned foods with high liquid content.
Note: Be sure to include a manual can opener.
First aid supplies
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car. A first aid kit* should include:
Clothing, bedding and sanitation supplies
Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person. Remember to have clothing be seasonally appropriate. Listed below is an example for winter:
It’s important to have the following items at your home and in your emergency kits:
Remember family members with special needs, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons.For Baby
Important Family Documents
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Cash and coins.
Entertainment--games and books.