Be Two Weeks Ready
Another important facet of the crisis plan for your family is a preparedness kit. In the event of an emergency, you will want to be armed with all the necessary provisions. With the right supplies, you will be able to react quickly and efficiently and will be better able to care for your family.
You will want to keep your disaster survival kit packed and in an easily accessible location. You may choose to make several kits: one to be used at home, a smaller kit if you need to evacuate from your home, one for your office, and one for your car.
Kits should be stored in a durable, easy to handle, container, such as a garbage can, duffel bag or plastic storage bin.
To begin, assemble enough food and water for each family member for approximately two weeks. Food should be canned goods and items that do not require cooking. Each person should have a gallon of water a day, which can be used for drinking as well as sanitation.
Once you have all the staples you need, you can then begin to add a few items to make you and your family more comfortable. You might want to consider adding books, a deck of cards, or a few games. These additions to your kit will be helpful, especially if you have small children.
Two Weeks Ready kit Checklist
Your kit should contain the following items: (This list is not all-inclusive.)
Water and food to maintain your family (one gallon of water per person, per day.)
Utensils, plates, cups and a can opener,
Clothes (be sure to pack items to keep you warm if you have to go without heat and items that will cover your arms and legs in case you need to evacuate.)
Durable shoes with thick soles,
Sleeping bags or blankets,
Cash and/or travelers checks (include change in case you need to use a pay phone.)
Financial plan and documents,
Personal hygiene items including:
toothbrushes and toothpaste
feminine hygiene products
a plastic bucket with a lid
plastic bags for sanitation
bleach or a similar disinfectant
Plastic sheeting and duct tape for doors and windows
Copies of important documents (You can keep digital copies on a usb drive.)
social security card
Scissors and/or a knife
Maps of local area and the addresses of the closest shelters
Matches in a waterproof container
Additional tools such as pliers, flares and wrenches
Papers, pens and pencils
A battery or crank operated radio
First aid kit
Remember, you will want to be sure your kit has an adequate supply of any prescription medications and extra contact lenses or glasses for those who wear them.
More information is available at Ready.gov