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Emergency Supply Kit

The Emergency Supply Kit that you create should be designed to last for at least three days. This 72-hour kit should hold enough emergency supplies and materials that will make your next three days as comfortable as possible. It is important that these bags only be used in the event of an emergency and should be kept in a designated place within your house. Because some items may be perishable, it is important to check the expiration dates periodically.

  • One gallon of drinking water per person per day.
  • Non-perishable, ready-to-eat canned foods and manual can opener.
  • First aid kit and any medications that you or a family member may need for a three-day period. If applicable, you should invest in extra oxygen canisters, hearing aids, hearing aid batteries and epi-pens.
  • Flashlight. If possible, obtain a hand-cranked flashlight that will not need batteries to operate.
  • Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries.
  • Whistle.
  • Iodine tablets or one quart of unscented bleach for disinfecting water (ONLY if directed to do so by health officials) and eyedropper (for adding bleach to water).
  • Personal hygiene items: soap, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc.
  • Phone that does not rely on electricity.
  • Child care and pet care supplies.

Pet Emergency Supply & Traveling Kits

Keep an Evacuation Pet Supply Pack handy for your pets. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is. This kit should be clearly labeled and easy to cary. Items to consider keeping in or near your pack include:

  • Pet first aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include).
  • 3-7 days' worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate).
  • Disposable litter trays.
  • Litter or paper toweling.
  • Liquid dish soap.
  • Disinfectant.
  • Disposable garbage bags.
  • Pet feeding dishes.
  • Extra collar or harness.
  • Extra leash.
  • Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (remember, food and medications need to be rotated out).
  • Bottled water, at least 7 days' worth for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place).
  • A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, one for each pet.
  • Flashlight.
  • Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet).
  • Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make "Lost" posters).
  • Especially for cats: pillowcase, toys, scoopable litter.
  • Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week's worth of cage liner.

If you would like any further information on Disaster Preparedness for pets, please visit the ASPCA's Website.

Go Bag

Along with your 72-hour kit, you should also create a Go Bag. A Go Bag provides all the essentials you may need in the event of a sudden evacuation. These supplies should be packed in an easy to carry container such as a backpack, suitcase on wheels or briefcase. Considerations should be taken to create a Go Bag for your home, car and work place. You should ensure that this Go Bag is ready to go at a moment's notice, 24/7.

  • Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.).
  • Extra set of car and house keys.
  • Credit and ATM cards and cash, especially in small denominations.
  • Bottled water and non-perishable food, such as energy or granola bars.
  • Flashlight. If possible, obtain a hand-cranked flashlight that will not need batteries to operate.
  • Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries.
  • Keep a list of the medications each member of your household takes, why they take them and their dosages. Medication information and other essential personal items. If you store extra medication in your Go Bag, be sure to refill it before it expires.
  • First aid kit.
  • Emergency contact list.
  • Emergency evacuation meeting places.
  • Child care supplies.

It is important to have premeditated meeting places and emergency contacts.

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