Here are the essentials of a home emergency preparedness kit.
- Water: You will need one gallon per person per day for at least three days. Double up if you live in a very hot climate, have young kids, or are nursing.
- Food: Plan for at least a three-day supply of non-perishables and a can opener. Make sure to pack protein, fruit, and vegetables and store food in pest-proof containers.
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- First-aid supplies
- Sanitation and hygiene supplies: Pack moist towelettes in sealed packets, paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, and plastic ties. More good options are travel-size shampoo, toothpaste/toothbrush, and deodorant.
- Radio or TV: You will definitely want a portable, battery- or crank-operated radio or television and extra batteries.
- Cash: Have at least $100 in your kit.
As an alternative to making your own kit, you can buy a fully stocked kit from the American Red Cross. A kit with a three-day supply of essentials for one adult costs $50 to $70.
In Franklin County, Massachusetts we are fortunate to have the FRCOG (Franklin County Council of Goverments). One of the many services they provide is helping us prepare for emergencies...click HERE to read more.