Prepare Yourself And Your Family
Create Disaster Supply Kits
One important lesson learned from last year’s hurricane season and other disasters is the need for individuals and families to prepare to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Following a disaster, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer. A key element of personal preparedness is the creation of a disaster supplies kit.
Keep the items you will most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container such as a large, covered trash container, camping backpack or duffle bag.
Blankets / Pillows
Pet care items
Toys, books and games
Vehicle fuel tanks filled
At home: The disaster supply kit should contain essential food, water, and supplies for at least three days. Keep the kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept. Additionally, consider having supplies for sheltering for up to two weeks.
At work: The kit should be in one container, and ready to “grab and go” in case you are evacuated from your workplace. Make sure you have food and water in the kit. Also, be sure to have comfortable walking shoes at your workplace in case an evacuation requires walking long distances.
In the car: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.
This kit should contain food, water, first aid supplies, flares, jumper cables, and seasonal supplies.
Visit: www.ready.gov, www.fema.gov and www.floridadisaster.org for a thorough look into disaster preparedness and a more detailed list of emergency supplies. Also, www.ready.gov/kids is an excellent resource for information on how to involve children in the process of assembling the family’s Disaster Supply Kit.