Basic Disaster Supplies
Everyone should have basic supplies on hand to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs. Shown in the tabs are some basic items that every emergency supply kit should include. It is important to consider the unique needs of your family in order to create an emergency supply kit that will meet these needs. One should also consider having at least two emergency supply kits; one full kit at home and smaller portable kits in their workplace, vehicle or other places they spend time.
The Hurricane Shopping Guide is a downloadable eight week shopping guide to create your own disaster kit, courtesy of Santa Rosa County Emergency Management. Another good source is the Emergency Supply Checklist found in the downloadable Santa Rosa Emergency Management Disaster Guide.
Choose one of the tabs below to see what else should be in your emergency kit.
It is also a good idea to fill bathtubs and sinks with water for sanitation use. Water purification agents such as bleach should also be kept on hand.
If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. But remember to use all flames OUTDOORS.
Tools & Other Supplies
Some other items to consider are plastic sheeting, paper plates, plastic utensils, flashlights (with working batteries), and a battery-powered radio. You should also have spare batteries of the proper size available for all flashlights, radios, etc.
Other items to consider are a non-electric can opener, fire extinguisher, tent, matches, aluminum foil, plastic storage containers, garbage bags, a small shovel, incect repellent, and other assorted personal hygiene items.
Clothing & Bedding
Some other items to consider are work boots and gloves, rain gear (jacket, umbrella, etc.), blankets or sleeping bags, towels, hat, and sunglasses.