The best time to assemble a three-day emergency supply kit is well before you'll ever need it. Most people already have these items around the house and it is a matter of assembling them now before you need it.
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
- 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, cereals, etc.
- Baby supplies: formula, bottles, pacifier, soap, baby power, 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 with extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Essential medications
- Extra pair of eyeglasses
- Extra house and car keys
- Fire extinguisher - ABC multipurpose
- Food, water, leash and carrier for pets
- Cash and change
- Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes
- Large plastic trash bags for waste, taps 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 you family's safety and comfort during and after a disaster. Store enough supplies for at least three days, preferably seven days, in one place.
Visit Ready.gov for more information on building an emergency kit.