Today I'll continue on with the goal of identifying 30 ways in 30 days for individuals and families to become better prepared for emergencies.
In an immediate post-disaster environment First Responders have to establish critical response priorities and may not be able to get to everyone right away.
Remember that you may need to be largely self sufficient for 72 hours following a disaster.
Today I'll continue to share information about building and maintaining an Emergency Supply Kit, which will include the basic tools you'll need to survive in a disaster environment. I've already addressed food and water provisions for your emergency supplies, as well as some other standard items you should include. Today I'll begin to deal with some other important items that you may want to consider; including the following:
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Infant formula and diapers
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Cash or traveler's checks and change
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.
- Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes for each family member.
- Mess kits, paper cups,
plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
Tomorrow I'll provide some information on how and where to store your family Emergency Supply Kit, but for today remember:
You can't use it if you don't have it.
You are your family’s first responder, and you need to plan ahead by building your Family Emergency Supply Kit in order to be prepared.