In a disaster situation,
many of the things we take for granted - clean water, food, electricity
- become unavailable or in short supply.
This is why making a three-day preparedness kit is so important - it ensures you and your family will be
able to take care of themselves until help arrives.
Remember that even though you may be scared during a disaster,
your parents may be just as scared as you are! It's important for you
to stay as calm as you can.
What is a preparedness kit?
A preparedness kit is a kit you and your family fill with the
basic necessities to last at least three days in the event of a disaster. These include
water, food, first aid supplies, clothing, bedding and tools and emergency
What should I
put in my preparedness kit?
Store one gallon per person per day. Keep
the water in plastic containers, but not milk containers; use two-liter plastic soda
bottles or bottled water instead.
Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, keeping your selections
as lightweight as possible; e.g., canned fruit, vegetables. Avoid salty foods.
Don't forget to include a can-opener!
ds and sterile adhesive
bandages of various sizes; antibacterial
soap; sterile gauze 2" and 4" in size; scissors; tweezers; medications;
pain relievers; and extra pairs of
contact lenses or eyeglasses for
family members who wear them.
Store one extra
set of shoes and clothing for each family member in the kit, making sure the clothes stored are
appropriate for any weather condition.
If you live in a colder climate like Wyoming,
make sure the change of clothes includes
a sweatshirt or jacket, a hat and gloves.
Store one sleeping
bag for each member of the family, as well as blankets and
cups, plates and plastic
utensils; a utility knife; pliers;
a battery-operated radio with extra
batteries; duct tape; a plastic storage
container; waterproof matches;
and a flashlight stored with batteries
inserted backward to preserve charge.
Keep the following
in waterproof container to prevent damage: Will; insurance policies;
contract deeds; stocks and bonds;
passports; social security cards;
immunization cards; bank account
numbers; credit card account numbers
and companies - names, addresses,
and contact information; inventory of
valuable household goods using photos or
video for documentation; important
telephone numbers; and family records
(birth, marriage, death certificates). You can also scan these in and just keep them on a flash drive to save space.
Where is the best
place to store my disaster kit?
An easy way to keep your items stored and ready when you need them
is to divide them between one or two easy-to-carry containers, such as
an unused trash can, camping backpack or duffel bag. Keep canned foods
in a dry place where the temperature is cool.
Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers to protect
from pests and to extend its shelf life.