October 9, 2018 11:45 PM
by Lindsay Barker
This article originally appeared in the October edition of Seascape.
Building a household disaster kit is the first step. Make it easy and inexpensive. Create a family scavenger hunt to gather items for your kit. Manage costs by buying an extra gallon of water, canned food, or package of batteries each time you go to the grocery store. Here are some basic items to include in your kit. When you’re finished, put the items in an old suitcase or backpack. Then be sure to check your kit and change any expired items at least twice a year. For more disaster kit information, visit smgov.net/OEM.
DIY DISASTER PREPAREDNESS KIT
• 1 gallon of water per person/pet for drinking and household needs
• Non-perishable food that your family will want to eat
• First aid kit to handle minor cuts, sprains
• Battery-powered flashlight and radio and the batteries to power them
• Cash in small bills to use if credit card machines and ATMs don’t work
• Bedding, clothing
• Copies of your ID, passport and insurance cards
• A list of medication prescriptions and medical equipment information
• A list of important contact information including an out-of-state emergency contact
• Any special items for your household members, such as an extra pair of glasses, pet supplies, toys for children, hearing aid batteries, diapers and formula
Chief Resilience Officer