For Your Home
Preparing your disaster supply kit now will make your life much easier when the emergency, any emergency occurs.You want to plan on supplies for 3-14 days and keep your supplies in a back-pack, duffel bag, suitcase, or other easy to carry storage device. Here’s what you will need: CASH – Have extra cash on hand. ATMs may be down, credit/debit cards may not work for some time after an emergency.
- WATER! That is a top priority. Store at least one gallon per person per day. Remember, in addition to drinking, you’ll need to brush your teeth, wash your hands, and other hygiene activities – and it can get pretty hot here during hurricane season -so make sure you store enough water.
- Canned food – meats, soups, juices, fruits, vegetables, etc.
- Boxed drinks or other foods
- Powdered drinks, instant coffee/tea
- Peanut butter and Jelly
- Crackers, cookies, & Candy
- Energy and granola bars
- Bread in moisture proof containers
- Can opener (manual, NOT electric)
- Battery powered radio, flashlights
- Extra batteries
- Important papers, home owners insurance policy, life insurance policies, including proof of residence (in water tight containers)
- Complete change of clothing
- Entertainment items – cards, books, puzzles
- Pet supplies (water, food, medicine, pooh bags)
- Duct tape and Scissors
- Plastic sheeting
- A-B-C rated fire extinguisher
- Cooking supplies (grill) propane tanks filled
- Personal hygiene items
- Stationery items (pens, markers, paper)
First Aid Kit:
- First Aid Manual
- Sterile Bandages in assorted sizes
- Antiseptics, hand cleaners
- Antibiotic ointment, (like Neosporin)
- Tweezers, Scissors
- Latex gloves,
- Sterile gauze pads
- Roller bandages, assorted sizes
- Safety pins
- Triangular bandages
- Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
- Non-prescription antihistamine (diphenhydramine brand name Benadryl)
- Prescription medicines
- Eye glasses/contact lenses and cases, solutions, storage case
Review your policies, be sure you understand them, and that you have sufficient coverage. Do this now, don’t wait until the disaster is imminent – you may not be able to make change at that time. Specifics:
Windstorm: Make sure your policy covers windstorms.
Flood Insurance: The National Flood Ins. Program is the only underwriter for flood damage to real property or personal effects. You may need a separate policy.