Plan For Emergencies In Advance
Emergency supplies are an essential part of your family’s plan for emergency. When a disaster occurs, you may need to be self-sufficient with your own survival items for at least three days. Therefore it is important to make sure you have the needed supplies ready in advance.

The following emergency supply list along with valuable tips that will help when you are preparing for emergency.

Emergency Supplies For The Home

  • 3-day supply of water (1 gallon per person, per day) – If you purchase pre-bottled water be sure to check the expiration dates. If you plan to fill your own containers it’s a good idea to purchase food-grade water storage containers to do so. Do not store water in old milk jugs or fruit juice bottles because they can’t be cleaned well enough to prevent bacteria growth. Soda bottles are safe to use as long as they have been sanitized first.
  • 3-day supply of non-perishable food – Try to avoid foods that will make you thirsty.
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Paper Plates, Cups, & Plastic Utensils
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Portable battery powered radio or television
  • Flashlight
  • Emergency First Aid Kit – Be sure you have a separate first aid kit in the house for everyday use so this kit will remain fully stocked and will not be depleted when disaster strikes.
  • A charged laptop
  • Extra Batteries for each battery powered item on this list, including extra batteries for the laptop and your cell phone
  • Sanitation and hygiene items
  • Extra clothing – have at least one complete change of clothes per person, making sure a warm jacket and sturdy shoes are included
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket per person
  • Items for family members with specific needs
  • Cash and coins – ATM machines will most likely not be working

Emergency Supplies For The Car

  • A smaller version of the emergency supplies listed above should be kept in your car in case you are stranded during a disaster. In addition to the items above, your car disaster supply kit should also contain:
  • Emergency Flares
  • Jumper Cables

Maintaining Your Disaster Supply Kits
It is vital that you check and update your emergency supplies every 6 months. One easy way to remember when it’s time to check your kits is to always check it on the days when you move your clock forward or back.

  • Remove and use any food or water that will expire before the next 6 month period ends.
  • Throw out any canned goods that have become swollen or dented regardless of the expiration date.
  • If you filled your own water containers, be sure to replace those every 6 months.
  • Check expiration dates on purchased bottled water.
  • Remove items that no longer meet your family’s needs such as baby formula
  • Add new items that may be needed, for example if now a family member needs contact lens solution

Be Smart Be Ready
In the video above by Dominion, one of the largest producers and transporters of energy in the U.S., reminds us that disasters disrupt millions of lives every year. By having a disaster supply kit prepared ahead of time you will be better equipped to handle an emergency situation.

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