In some emergencies, like coastal storms and tornadoes, you may have to remain in your home. You may find yourself without basic services such as electricity, water, gas, telephone, and sewage treatment for some time. This means you need to have food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantities to help you manage during the outage period. Supplies should be able to last for at least three days. Here are some recommended supplies to consider for your basic supply kit:
- A supply of water (one gallon per person per day) stored in a sealed, unbreakable container (make note of the storage date and be sure to replace every six months)
- A supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food along with a manual can opener
- Flashlight and battery-operated AM/FM radio with extra batteries
- Whistle or bell to signal for help
- Backup medical equipment (e.g., oxygen, medication, scooter battery, hearing aids, mobility aids, glasses, facemasks, gloves, etc.)
- First aid kit
- Moist towelettes for sanitation
- Garbage bags and plastic ties for sanitation
- Personal hygiene items
- LED lantern and glow sticks
- Water, food, and medications for your pets
If you rely on electrical equipment, contact your medical supply company for information about backup power. Ask your utility company if you qualify as a life-sustaining equipment customer and see if you can sign up for priority power restoration. If you depend on oxygen, speak with your oxygen supplier about emergency replacements. And if you receive treatments such as dialysis or chemotherapy, know your providers’ plan in instances of an emergency.
Consider everyone’s health and hygiene needs and tailor your supply kit to ensure you have enough supplies ready should you need them. Your emergency supply kit should be robust and contain plenty of supplies for each household member. Keep your items in an airtight container in an easily accessible location.