A preparedness kit should include:
- Non-perishable food to last at least 3 days.
- Water for drinking and sanitation to last 3 days (one gallon per person per day).
- Battery powered radio and extra batteries.
- Flashlight with extra batteries.
- First aid kit.
An emergency plan should include:
- Communications plan - how will you contact your loved ones if you are separated?
- Plan to shelter in place - potential contaminated air outside your house could prevent travel.
- Evacuation plan - if you need to evacuate, know escape routes and a safe place to go.
Get involved with your community! Join local groups that help with all phases of Emergency Management.
Tips to create a preparedness kit on a budget:
- When you're at the store, pick up an extra canned good, bottled water, or package of batteries.
- Purchase items when they are on sale.
- Rotate your canned items or water so nothing expires or spoils.
- Each month pick an area of preparedness that you can work on so it doesn't seem overwhelming or interfere with your budget.