After a disaster, local officials and relief workers will be on the scene, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. Help may arrive in hours, or it might take a few days. Basic services such as electricity, water, and telephones might be out of service. Preparing for a disaster before it strikes will greatly increase your ability to help your family cope with an emergency or evacuation. Assembling the supplies now that you might need following a disaster is an important part of your Family Disaster Plan.
Disaster Supply Kit Basics
Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep the items in an easy to carry backpack or duffel bag. Kit basics are items that you might need if you should have to evacuate quickly, such as in a flash flood or major chemical emergency.
- Portable, battery-powered radio or television with extra batteries.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- First aid kit and first aid manual.
- Supply of prescription medicines.
- Credit card and cash.
- Personal identification.
- Extra set of car keys.
- Matches in a waterproof container.
- Signal Flare.
- Map of the area and Family Disaster Plan.
- Special items for infants, elderly or disabled persons.
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