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