General Information about Building an Emergency Supply Kit

Being flexible and resourceful are very important qualities to demonstrate during a disaster because the situation typically changes very rapidly, and you may have to survive on your own for a long period of time without the day-to-day comforts that we are used too. Specifically, you want to plan for at least three days. Think more in terms of survival versus what may make you comfortable.

Consider the possibility of having two kits. A stay-in-place kit that has everything to need to stay where you are and make it on your own, and a go-kit, which should be a smaller version that is lightweight and packable so you can leave in a hurry if necessary.

You will need a gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation purposes. Consider buying a water purification filter or purifying tablets to use with a water source that may be contaminated. Include a three day supply of non-perishable foods that are easy to store, are high energy (calories), and taste good. Take clothing appropriate for your environment, especially if you will be outside in the elements.

Other recommended supplies to have in your survival kit include:  

  • Battery- or manual crank-powered radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Can opener
  • Garbage bags and ties
  • Prescription medication (if necessary)
  • Identification and other important documents
  • Infant supplies such as formula or diapers

So what are you waiting for? Pick up a few items each time you go to the grocery store and you will have an emergency supply kit in no time. The time is now to start preparing.

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