Making a DIY Emergency Kit
September is National Preparedness Month! Sponsored by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), this initiative aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to potential terrorist attacks and both large scale and small scale natural disasters - varying from tornado outbreaks and flash floods to historic earthquakes and hurricanes.
Why You Need an Emergency Kit
Following a terrorist attack or natural disaster, the most important step you can take in helping local police, fire, and rescue responders is being able to take care of yourself and your loved ones for at least a short period of time - the more people who are prepared, the quicker your community will recover.
FEMA advises that one of the best ways to be prepared is to have an emergency kit at home, in your car, at the office, and at school. By creating an emergency kit now, you will be prepared should an emergency event occur.
What to Include in Your Basic Emergency Kit
- One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
- Three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter, or solar charger
- Battery-powered or hand crank flashlight
- Extra batteries or a solar charger
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air, plastic sheeting and duct tape to shore up existing shelter or create a makeshift shelter.
- First aid kit including essential prescriptions
- Heat reflective emergency blanket
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, feminine products, and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
- Local maps in case you have to take unfamiliar roads to evacuate
- Basic tool kit including a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener
Additional Items to Consider for your Emergency Kit
- At least one change of clothes including thick layers so you'll be prepared for any type of weather.
- A solid pair of shoes or boots to protect your feet in dangerous conditions.
- Copies of important family documents.
- Camping items such as a sleeping bag, tent, waterproof matches, and candles.
- Food and water for your pet(s).
- Fire extinguisher.
- Emergency flares.
After the Storm: If Water Damage Occurs
If the natural disaster that occurs is storm- or flood-related, keep the following tips in mind before and upon re-entry of your home:
- Check for structural damage before going inside.
- Contact a water damage mitigation professional to assess water loss-related damages.
- Use your cell phone or camera to photograph damage to help get your insurance claim started sooner.
- Inventory damaged or destroyed items.
If water damage has happened to your home, call AdvantaClean at 877.800.2382 for your water extraction needs. AdvantaClean offers emergency flood damage services 24/7/365.
More info? For information on what to do in the event of water damage, read our post: Did Your House Flood?