Disasters happen anytime,
anywhere. When disaster
strikes, you may not have
much time to respond. A
hazardous material spill on the highway
could mean INSTANT EVACUATION. A
winter storm could confine your family to your
home for days. An earthquake, flood, tornado or any other disaster could cut
off basic services such as gas, water, electricity and communications.
After a disaster, local officials and relief workers will be on the scene, but they cannot
reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it may take days. Would
your family be prepared to cope with the emergency until help arrives?
Your family will cope best by preparing for a disaster before it strikes. One way to
prepare is by assembling a Disaster Supplies Kit. Once disaster hits, you won’t have time
to shop or search for supplies. But if you’ve gathered supplies in advance, your family
can endure an evacuation or home confinement.
Preparing Your Kit
♦ Review the checklist in this brochure.
♦ Gather the supplies that are listed. You may need them
if your family is confined at home.
♦ There are six basics you should stock in your home:
water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and
bedding, tools and emergency supplies and
♦ Place the supplies you’d most likely
need for an evacuation in an easy to carry
container. These supplies are listed with and
asterisk (*). Possible containers include: a large,
covered trash container, a camping backpack, or a
First Aid Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each vehicle.
A first aid kit should include:
Tools & Supplies
Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bot-
tles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or
break, such as milk containers or glass bottles. Food-
grade plastic containers are most suitable for storing water. A
normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of wa-
ter each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can
double that amount. Children, nursing mothers and ill peop