Build a Kit

During a large disaster, many of your local stores, utilities and amenities wont be functioning normally. This means the items we take for granted such as tap water, electricity and grocery stores wont be available. Assemble or replenish an emergency supply kit to sustain you and your family for at least 7 days. It should Include:

  • Food
    • Including baby food and pet food
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medications
  • Consumable medical supplies such as catheters and diapers
  • Flashlights
  • Portable battery operated radios
  • Extra batteries
  • Manual can opener
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Work gloves
  • Dust/Filter Mask
  • Plastic Sheeting and duct tape
  • Garbage bags ad plastic ties
  • Cash (Mostly in small bills)
  • Tools
  • Toilet Paper and sanitary items
  • Copy deeds, insurance policies and other vital records and documents. Store them in a safe deposit box. Make sure the originals are also stored in a safe place.
  • Compose a list of valuables. Supplement the list with photos or videos of each item. Store the list and copies, as well as photos and videos, in a safe place.

Water
You will need 1 gallon per person per day (
1/2 gallon for drinking, 1/2 gallon for sanitation). People who are sick, elderly or pregnant will need 1 gallon per day for drinking alone. Keep water in a cool dark place. Make sure to check for sell by or use by dates and restock as needed. Immediately after an earthquake turn your off your water supply. The water pipes may have broken, which will bring contaminated water into your house, shutting down the pipe will leave you with gallons of water that are safe to drink stored in your home's pipes. Your water heater is a great source of emergency water, provided you have turned off the water main. Use the spigot at the bottom to access the water stored here, but be careful as it may still be hot. For more information on the storing and use of emergency water visit the CDC website by clicking here.

More tips can be found in this helpful brochure from Ready.gov.

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Last Updated: Jan 21, 2014