There are some things in life that are simply out of our control, like natural disasters. Make sure you're ready for any type of emergency by having the following essentials stored in a safe place to use in your home or to take with you if you're forced to evacuate.
- Pack four bottles for each family member (including pets), or as many bottles as you can carry comfortably.
- Choose foods high in protein, calories, and nutrition.
- Choose low-salt or salt-free items to avoid thirst.
- Don't forget powdered baby formula and pet food.
Disposable Utensils and Manual Can Opener
- Utensils and can opener are essential.
- Flashlight: Use a Maglite. It has a longer battery life than a conventional flashlight.
- Camping Lanterns: no candles or oil lamps.
- Radio: Stay informed and listen to updates so you have time to act. You can purchase a radio from www.redcrossstore.org.
- Whistle: This can be heard louder than a human voice when trying to alert rescuers.
- Spare Batteries
First Aid Kit
- If someone is hurt or injured, this becomes invaluable.
Toiletries and Medications
- Use antibacterial items.
-Pack enough for 10 days because if you have to evacuate far from home, pharmacies may not be able to access your medical records.
- Favorite magazines, books, crossword puzzles, and snacks.
Change of Clothes and Blankets
- Choose a blanket that is waterproof, compact, and lightweight. You can purchase a blanket from www.redcrossstore.org.
- Pack enough to cover expenses for a few days.
- If power goes out, there's no access to banks, ATMs, or credit card swipe devices.
- Carry items in an easy-to-carry container, such as a duffel bag, backpack, or luggage with wheels.
Emergency Contact Card
- Keep one in your "GO" bag and a copy on your person at all times.
- Write in contact information for each household member (work, cell, and school phone numbers).
- You can print this card at www.redcross.org.
Learn more at www.redcross.org, www.redcrossstore.org, and www.whatsyourrq.org.