Be Prepared for an Emergency. Be Red Cross Ready!
Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.
At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).Flashlight [Available on the Red Cross Store]Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) [Available on the Red Cross Store]Extra batteriesFirst aid kit [Available on the Red Cross Store]Medications (7-day supply) and medical itemsMulti-purpose toolSanitation and personal hygiene itemsCopies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)Cell phone with chargersFamily and emergency contact informationExtra cashEmergency blanket [Available on the Red Cross Store]Map(s) of the area
Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)Games and activities for childrenPet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)Two-way radiosExtra set of car keys and house keysManual can opener
Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:WhistleN95 or surgical masksMatchesRain gearTowelsWork glovesTools/supplies for securing your homeExtra clothing, hat and sturdy shoesPlastic sheetingDuct tapeScissorsHousehold liquid bleachEntertainment itemsBlankets or sleeping bags
Take a class and be ready to respond if an emergency strikes.