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September Theme of the Month - National Preparedness Month - Week #2

9/6/2020 (Permalink)

September Theme of the Month - National Preparedness Month

Week #2 – September 6th-12th, Goal: Build A Kit  

The goal of this week is to build your family emergency kit! After last weeks look at individual needs of the family, this week, we are looking at more general needs. This kit should have the items to you’re your family survive without assistance for around three days.

Basic Items:

  • Water (for each person, bottled or gallons)
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Trash bags
  • Wrench & pliers
  • Food (for each person)
  • Hand can opener
  • Dust masks & cloth masks
  • Battery operated radio and/or weather radio
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Wipes
  • Local area map
  • Cell phone chargers & a backup, portable battery
  • Plastic sheeting & duct tape

Additional items to consider including:

  • If applicable: Contact lens solution
  • If applicable: formula, bottles, diapers, wipes & diaper rash cream
  • If applicable: pet food & water
  • Cash
  • Copies of important family documents, in waterproof container or saved electronically
  • Disposable paper products
  • Activities for any children
  • Soap & hand sanitizer
  • Matches (make sure to store in a waterproof container!)
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Prescription & over the counter medication
  • Sleeping bag or blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing for each person (including comfortable shoes)
  • Fire extinguisher

Maintaining Your Home Kit:

Remember to update and maintain your kit regularly! Make it a habit to update the kit each time you go over or update your emergency plan you created last week. This ensures it is kept up to date with current family needs, and all items are in date and ready to use.

Other Kits to Consider:

Work Kit- This kit should prepare you to comfortably stay at work for at least 24 hours. NOTE: add in comfortable walking shoes, as you may not be wearing any during an emergency.  

Car Kit- A version of this kit should be in all cars you may have. It should include jumper cables, flares or reflective triangles, an ice scraper, extra cell phone charger, warm blanket, local map and either cat litter or sand (to help you gain traction if your car becomes stuck). 

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