Hurricane Information & Suggested Supplies:After a disaster, local officials and relief workers will be on the scene, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it may take days. It is best to prepare for the event of a hurricane and be as self sufficient as you are able. One way to prepare is by assembling a Disaster Supplies Kit. Once disaster hits, you won’t have time to shop or search for supplies. But if you’ve gathered supplies in advance, your family can endure an evacuation or home confinement.
To Prepare Your KitYou may need your supplies if your family is confined at home. Place the supplies you’d most likely need for an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container. There are six basics you should stock for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies and special items. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container. Possible containers include:
WaterStore water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two – four quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers and ill people will need more. Store one gallon of water per person. Keep at least a three-day supply of per day (two quarts for drinking, two quarts of water for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation.)
First-Aid KitAssemble a first-aid kit for your home and one for each car. A first-aid kit should include:
Tools and Supplies
Clothing and Bedding
Special Disaster Readiness ItemsRemember family members with special needs, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons
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Storing Your Disaster KitStore your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk of your car. Keep items in air tight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc. Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.
Sample Emergency list:
FoodStore at least a four-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. Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit: Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables. Adjust the amount for the number of family members – I am assuming a family of 4.
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|1 box – Saltine Crackers 5 lb bag – Rice 1 box – Granola Bars 1 box – Potato Sticks 1 box – Instant Oatmeal 2 jars – Peanut Butter 1 bag – M&M’s 1 bag – Almonds 2 bags – Pre-sweetened Kool-aid 2 boxes – Macaroni & Cheese 2 boxes – Cup-a-soup 1 box – Raisins 2 boxes – Jello 1 jar – Instant Coffee 1 box – Tea 1 box – Sugar 1 jar – Creamer||4 cans – Pork & Beans or Vegetarian beans 4 cans – White potatoes 4 cans – Corn 4 cans – Green beans 4 cans – Soup – Chicken Noodle 4 cans – Spaghetti & meatballs 4 cans – Ravioli 4 cans – Spam 8 cans – Tuna fish 2 cans – Chili 2 cans – Beef Stew 4 can – Pears 4 can – Fruit cocktail 1 can – Pineapple 1 can – Peaches 1 6 pack -Applesauce|
|WATER – Key – 1 gallon per person per day (4) gallons per day 28 gallons per week per person or 112 quarts per week per week|
|1 – Battery Alarm clock 1 – Can opener 50 each – Paper Plates 50 each – Hot Cups 50 each – Plastic spoons & forks 1 box – Aluminum Foil 2 bars – Soap 1 – tube of tooth paste 4 – tooth brushes 1 bottle – Shampoo 4 rolls – Toilet paper 4 rolls – Paper towels 1 roll – Masking tape 1 roll -Duct tape 6 Boxes -Matches or (2-3) butane lighters 16 – D Batteries 16 – C Batteries 32 – AA Batteries 2 – Flashlights 1 – Portable Radio 1 – bottle Clorox Bleach 1 – Medicine Dropper 1 – First Aid Kit 1 – Box Sanitary Napkins 1 – Envelope with $200.00 in $10, $1 & $5’s 1 – container Pet food – if you have a pet||4 – Sleeping Bags 4 – Blankets, Pillows 4 – Camping mattress 1 – Mosquito Repellent 1 – Bottle os SPF 50 Sunscreen 1 – Mosquito Netting 1 – Lantern – for Outdoor Use 1 – gallon Lantern Fuel- for Outdoor Use 1 – Camp Stove (If you don’t have one, get a small Sterno stove) or gas BBQ 2 – filled propane gas tanks for BBQ 1 – set of cooking utensils for BBQ 1 – Cooking Kit – pots, pans, kettle, large spoon ———————————————– CLOTHING (4) sets – 2 changes of Clothing per day (4) Hats – for sun protections (4) Toilet Kits (4) Towels (4) Sturdy Footwear|