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Preparedness Essentials

About Preparedness Essentials

What is a Disaster Supply Kit? A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

When Should I Build my Disaster Supply Kit? Right now! Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

Why Do I Need A Disaster Supply Kit? You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.

What Kind of Items Should Go In a Disaster Supply Kit? Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages. Items such as a portable radio, batteries, mobile smartphone chargers, cash, food and water should be considered.

For more information on building a supply kit for your home, try some of the following resources:
American Red Cross
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)