Basic Emergency Preparedness Supplies Kit

Posted by Surya V on April 25, 2013 0 Comments

There are a number of items that should be included in an emergency preparedness supply kit, which are necessary to ensure survival in the case of a natural disaster, emergency or terrorist attack.

Important survival supplies include:

  • A three-day supply of non-perishable foods is recommended.
  • A minimum water supply for three-days is included and a gallon of water per day, per person is recommended. Water purification is extremely important, as high-purity water will help prevent disease and illness.
  • A portable television or radio that is battery-powered is useful, as emergency notices are aired. Always keep an extra set of batteries on hand.
  • A survival kit should include a flashlight with extra batteries.
  • Having a first aid kit and manual with medical treatment instructions can help save lives.
  • Personal hygiene and sanitation items, including toilet paper and moist towelettes should be stocked.
  • Matches should be stored in a waterproof container.
  • A whistle in emergencies can help notify emergency personnel that are nearby.
  • Layers of extra clothing are necessary.
  • Kitchen utensils and accessories, including a can opener.
  • Photocopies of identification cards and credit card information.
  • Coins and cash currencies.
  • Prescriptions, eyeglasses, hearing aid batteries and medications should be stored in a convenient location.
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers and pacifiers should be readily available.
  • Shoes, mittens, hats, scarves, a warm blanket or sleeping bag are also necessary.

It’s important to maintain a disaster supply kit, ensuring it’s always up to date and nothing is expired.

Some helpful tips for keeping supplies updated include:

  • Canned foods should be stored in a dry place with cool temperatures.
  • Boxed should be stored in metal or plastic containers that are sealed, helping extend shelf life and prevent pest infestations.
  • Canned goods that become corroded, swollen or dented should be thrown away immediately.
  • Foods should be used before their expiration date and regularly replaced with fresh supplies.
  • New items should always be placed at the back of a storage area, helping rotate the older supplies in front so they are not wasted.
  • Water and food items should be rotated every six months. Write dates on containers to help ensure nothing expires.
  • Items should be easily accessible and placed in containers, including duffel bags, camping backpacks or even unused trashcans.

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