The Disaster Supply Kit
For some, it may evoke images of Cold War paranoia, but natural disasters are a very real and universal danger, and preparing a disaster supply kit can mean the difference between life and death. Devote 30 minutes today to making a kit for you and your family to weather any flood, storm, earthquake, wildfire—you name it. You can never be too prepared.
Here are the contents of a good disaster supply kit:
- Three-day supply of water—one gallon per person, per day
- Three-day supply of nonperishable food (per person) and a manual can opener
- Battery-powered radio or television with two sets of replacement batteries
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First-aid kit with manual
- Prescription medications that you take on a regular basis
- Sanitation and hygiene items (hand sanitizer, moist towelettes, toilet paper, etc.)
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Extra clothing and blankets (coat or jacket for each person, if you live in a cold climate)
- Basic cooking utensils or camping supplies
- Photocopies of identification, vital documents and insurance policy in a waterproof container
- Pet supplies and map of the area
Remember that this kit should contain supplies for your entire family—including children and pets. Many companies offer pre-packed disaster kits for purchase. Check out TheReadyStore.com to find one that accomodates the needs of your family.