The hurricane Florence continues to wreak havoc and make landfall on the East Coast, while the Super Typhoon Manghut keeps on lashing south China after taking at least 64 people’s lives in Philippines. Disasters happen anywhere at any time. You may not have enough time to respond when disaster hits, whether it is a hurricane, typhoon, earthquake or snowstorm. Always prepare for the unexpected with an emergency kit.
To prepare your kit, you’ll need to:
· Make an emergency supply checklist and print it (Click here for a recommended checklist)
· Gather the supplies according to the list and store them in an easy-to-carry and hopefully waterproof container.
· Update the kit at least once a year according to you and your family’s needs.
· Keep food, water and medications fresh, and replace batteries, change clothes every six months.
· Keep the kit within easy reach for every member of the family.
· Make two smaller versions and place one in your car and one in your workplace.
Basic Emergency Supply Kit
A basic emergency supply kit includes some basic items that you and your family need in the event of an emergency. The following are for your reference, some of which are essential while others are not based on your individual needs.
Stock water in soft drink bottles that are hard to break. Store one gallon of water per person per day and keep at least a three-day supply for each person.
Store at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food which requires no refrigeration, preparation or cooking. Choose compact and lightweight food, such as ready-to-eat canned meat, fruits and vegetables, juice, milk, candies, trail mix, etc.
A comprehensive first aid kit comes in handy when you or your family members are injured in the disaster, especially when the road access to the hospital is cut off. A first aid kit should include:
· Alcohol prep pad
· Adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
· Knuckle/fingertip/knee/triangular adhesive bandages
· Antiseptic cleansing wipes
· Butterfly closure strips
· Sting relief pad
· Sterile gauze pad
· Trauma pad
· Eye pad
· Sterile nonwoven gauze
· Cold pack
· PVC gloves
· Emergency blanket
· Safety pins
· Metal tweezers
· Glow stick
· CPR mask
· Pain relievers
· Anti-diarrhea medicine
· Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes for your little one
· Heart and high blood pressure medications for the elderly
· Pet food and extra water for your furry friend
· Battery-powered or hand crank radio
· Extra batteries
· Cellphone charger or power bank with cable for your electronic devices
· Local maps
· Tissue, towelettes
· Soap, detergent
· Personal hygiene items
· Feminine supplies
Clothes & Bedding
· At least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person
· A blanket or sleeping bag for each person
· Important documents such as proof of identification, residency and pet documents