When it comes to emergency preparedness, many Americans are not prepared with the needed supplies to survive. Quite often we think about creating an emergency preparedness kit, but rarely do people follow through with them. What type of things should you store? What is needed when you find yourself without a home thanks to a hurricane, tornado, flooding, fire, and other disaster? Here are some of the things you need to add to your emergency preparedness kit.
Storing emergency supplies is needed for your entire family. Let’s talk about water! Do you have an emergency water supply? Do you have bottles in your emergency storage kit? At AMD Closures, we create bottles designed to store water properly and prevent it from leaking out.
Water is the most important element needed to survive. If you do not have a 3-day drinking supply for each member of your family, you will be in trouble during a disaster. There are multiple options available for water purification, which can be used in conjunction with our water bottles to store water. Stored water has a shelf life of 1-2 years. Plan on at least an extra gallon of water per person for sanitation and cleaning needs. If you have pets, do not forget to include them for their water and food needs!
After a large disaster, it is common for stores to be closed for several weeks. Open stores face massive shopping sprees, causing many of the shelves to be empty before you even have a chance of buying bread! Plan on creating an emergency kit that is designed to provide food for your entire family. Plan on food for at least 72 hours, but a week is recommended. If the food you are packing will need water, plan on adding additional water to your storage kit for meal preparation.
Always have plenty of batteries and battery-operated devices to use for an emergency. Lights are an essential need to consider. Many homeowners have battery flashlights, but they forget to check their battery life and fail to have extra batteries ready if there is an emergency. Electricity is normally out for several weeks following an emergency. Plan to have a propane lantern and propane ready to ensure you will have light if you are out of light for several weeks. Candles are another light and heat source to have in your emergency preparedness kit. Add some 12-hour emergency light-sticks to the kit as well to help emergency responders find you.
Plumbing will be a unavailable after a major disaster. You need to plan on having supplies ready to handle sanitation needs. Emergency sanitation supplies normally include portable toilets that need at least 5 galloons of water to operate for a day or two.
Designate a Location
When you have an emergency, do you know where to go? Do members in your family know where to go? If the emergency doesn’t flood or burn down your home and you are able to stay in the home, have a room where all the emergency supplies are stored and have everyone meet together in this area of the home. A 72-hour kit should be in a place that is easy to reach, allowing you to grab it quickly if you do have problems with the home being burned or flooded.
For additional tips on how to create an emergency preparedness kit, visit the Center for Disease Control website. Contact our California office to purchase emergency preparedness water bottles and other supplies to add to your emergency preparedness kit.