NPM 2021: Week Two "Build a Kit"
Happy Tuesday y'all! Did you enjoy the long weekend? Welcome to Week 2 of National Preparedness Month! The theme for this week is "Build a kit." Do you already have an emergency supply kit created? If not, here's your reminder that you should. Today we are sharing information you'll need to create a basic emergency supply kit. It's helpful to double check this list even if you already have a kit to ensure that you have everything you may need.
The lists we are sharing are from Ready.gov. They even have a printable version of their list, so be sure to visit their website if you'd like to have a list you can check off one-by-one.
A basic emergency supply kit should include at least...
- Water and non-perishable food for several days Extra cell phone battery or charger
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio that can receive NOAA Weather Radio tone alerts and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Non-sparking wrench or pliers to turn off utilities Can opener (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
Consider these additional items based on you and your household's needs to also add to your emergency supply kit.
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Infant formula and diapers
- Pet food, water and supplies for your pet
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a portable waterproof container
- Cash and change
- Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Fire Extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies, personal hygiene items and hand sanitizer
- Mess kits, Paper cups, plates and disposable utensils, paper towels
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
If you don't have a kit already, don't wait for disaster to strike! We hope that this blog helps give you ideas on what to put in your kit or add to your current kit in order to ensure that you are prepared.
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