Three-Day Emergency Kits
This is a sample press release for a hurricane, which includes good information on preparing a three-day emergency kit. The American Red Cross has a much more complete list available.
DATELINE - There is still time for you to assemble your three-day emergency kits in case you are cut off from outside help. Most people already have these items around the house, and it is a matter of assembling them now before an evacuation order is issued.
Start with an easy-to-carry, water-tight container - a large plastic trash can will do, or line a sturdy cardboard box with a couple of trash bags. Next, gather up the following items and place them in your kit:
- Water - 1 Gallon per person per day (a week's supply of water is preferable)
- Water purification kit or bleach
- First Aid Kit and first aid book
- Pre-cooked, non-perishable foods, such as canned meats, granola bars, instant soup and cereals, etc.
- Baby supplies: formula, bottle, pacifier, soap, baby powder, clothing, blankets, baby wipes, disposable diapers, canned food and juices
- Non-electric can opener
- Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel
- Blanket or sleeping bag per person
- Portable radio or portable TV; extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Essential medications
- Extra pair of eyeglasses
- Extra house and car keys
- Fire extinguisher - ABC type
- Food, water, leash, and carrier for pets
- Cash and change
- Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes
- Duct Tape and plastic sheeting (to seal home in case of chemical or biological attack)
- Large plastic bag for waste, tarps, and rain ponchos
- Large trash cans
- Bar soap and liquid detergent
- Toothpaste and toothbrushes
- Feminine hygiene supplies
- Toilet paper
- Household bleach
- Rubber gloves
Stocking up now on emergency supplies can add to your family's safety and comfort during and after a disaster. Store enough supplies for at least three days, preferably seven days, in one place.