National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. Are you ready to put your planning skills to good use? Are you ready to help your family get prepared for the unexpected? You can use the information found at http://www.ready.gov to create a plan that will help you be ready for natural disasters and other emergency situations. See also: http://www.ready.gov/kids for kids activities and games!

Prepare a 3-Day Disaster Supply Kit

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), recommends that everyone prepare at least a 3-Day Disaster Supply Kit. Be sure to include Food, Water, Safety Items, Medication, Clothing, Bedding, Hygiene Products, and Copies of Important Documents for every member of the family. Use this comprehensive list as a guide.

Food & Water
_____ Fruits & vegetables (Ready to eat, canned or freeze dried)
_____ Canned milk,  juices & instant coffee
_____ Canned soup & dried/canned meat
_____ Peanut butter & jelly
_____ Granola bars, crackers, cookies & cereal
_____ Sugar, salt, pepper, foil & plastic wrap
_____ Special items for infants & elderly
_____ Pet food & supplies
_____ 1 gal/person & pet/day minimum
_____ Re-sealable storage bags
_____ Cups, plates, utensils or mess kit
_____ Manual can opener & all purpose knife
_____ Portable camp stove

Tools, Safety & Other Items

_____ Flashlights
_____ Radio or TV, NOAA weather radio & travel clock (battery powered or crank operated)
_____ Spare batteries
_____ First aid kit
_____ Fire extinguisher
_____ Matches in waterproof container
_____ Candles
_____ Shut off wrench for water & gas
_____ Needle & Thread
_____ Compass & local map & whistle
_____ Paper & pencil
_____ Tool kit, work gloves & safety glasses
_____ Small shovel

Non-Prescription/Prescription Medication
_____ Aspirin & non-aspirin pain reliever
_____ Anti-diarrhea, laxatives, & antacids
_____ Prescriptions & vitamins
_____ Eye glasses/contact lenses & solution

Clothing, Bedding & Comfort Items
_____ Blankets, sleeping bags & pillows
_____ Children’s games, playing cards & books
_____ Change of clothing for each person
_____ Spare house & car keys
_____ Rain gear
_____ Hat, gloves & sunglasses

Sanitation & Hygiene Supplies
_____ Soap & hand sanitizer
_____ Toilet paper & paper towels
_____ Toothpaste & toothbrushes
_____ Shampoo & deodorant
_____ Feminine supplies
_____ Comb, brush & mirror
_____ Disinfectant & household chlorine bleach
_____ Sun-screen, lip balm, insect repellent
_____ Razor & shaving cream
_____ Wash clothes & towels
_____ Plastic garbage bags

Documents & Financial Instruments
_____ Cash – small denominations
Copies of the following:
_____ Wills, deeds, insurance papers
_____ Bank account numbers
_____ Credit cards
_____ Investment documents
_____ Driver’s license & passports
_____ Birth certificate & social security card
_____ Marriage certificate
_____ Emergency phone list
_____ Immunization records
_____ Household inventory list/photos

Pet Supplies

_____ Food & Water
_____ Identification Tags, License, Collar & Leash
_____ Registration, Vaccinations & Important Papers-Copies
_____ Medications
_____ Pet Carrier/Kennel
_____ Photos of you and your pet together

Shelter In Place Supplies
There may be situations when it’s simply best to stay where you are and avoid any uncertainty outside. Staying put and creating a barrier between yourself  and potentially contaminated air outside, a process known as sheltering-in-place and sealing the room, is a matter of survival.
_____ Clear plastic sheeting (Drop cloths or similar)
_____ Duct tape & Scissors

Printable PDF: Your Family Disaster Kit (2 pages)

Printable PDF: Disaster Supplies Kit (10 pages)

Here are two more supply lists (in one PDF document):

Stocking a Home Survival Kit / Portable Emergency Kit

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