Usual services that we take for granted are often disrupted following a disaster. Running water, refrigeration, etc., are often unavailable. Emergency Preparedness experts recommend that you should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least three days. Store your household disaster kit in a water-proof container where it is easily accessible.
Your basic kit should include:
Water – One gallon per day per person
Food – Non-perishable, ready to eat or requiring minimal water
Manual can opener and other cooking supplies
Plates, cups, utensils, and other feeding supplies
First Aid Kit and instructions
Copies of important documents and phone numbers
Warm clothing and rain gear for each family member
Heavy work gloves
Unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper for water purification
Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer and soap
Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows
Miscellaneous tools such as a crowbar, hammer, nails, staple gun, adjustable wrench, and bungee cords
Blankets or a sleeping bags
Heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation
Special-needs items for children, seniors and people with disabilities
Books, reading material, entertainment
For each child include a favorite toy, book, comfort food and treats
Pet needs, such as water, food, and other supplies
A vital component of your disaster kit is your Go-Bag.
Survival kits can also be purchased at several locations, including online.