Earthquakes, wildfires and blizzards…just to name a few are very real situations that can cause communities to go into state of emergencies, and preparation and a game plan can save a life.
It’s highly recommended that all families be ready with an emergency supply kit that include the following items-
- Water! Rule of thumb is a gallon of water per person or enough water to last the individual three days minimum.
- Non-perishable foods like granola, protein bars, crackers, canned or dried fruits and peanut butter.
- A form of communication. That includes a battery operated radio, a charged power bank for your phone or high illuminating flashlights to attract attention. And don’t forget to pack extra batteries!
- First aid kit, including gloves, gauze, antibiotic ointment, scissors and masks. Also, be prepared and carry a whistle to signal for help.
- If you have a safe or box with important papers/photos, make sure it’s easily accessible and stored near the exit.
- Change of clothes for each person. Choose clothing that you may not wear often…also don’t forget the little ones and their diapers.
- Hygiene products such as travel tooth brushes, tooth paste, toilet paper, baby wipes, deodorant and eye prescriptions along with any other medical prescriptions should all be ready to go.
Having this printed and used in the form of a checklist will ensure that if you do need to leave your house in an emergency, you are leaving well prepared and ready to ride out the storm.