One way to prepare ahead of time for a disaster is to assemble a family disaster supplies kit. Being prepared means having your own food, water and supplies to last for at least 72 hours. This list should contain six basics – water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and special items. Consider two kits. In one put everything you will need to stay where you are or shelter in place in a large covered trash can, bucket or plastic tote. The other should be an easy to carry smaller container you can take with you during an evacuation like a camping backpack or duffel bag.
Make the kit your own and include enough supplies for all household members including pets.
Store your kit in a convenient and secure place known to all. Keep the contents in air-tight plastic bags placed in a duffle bag or plastic tote. Stored water and food should be rotated every six months. Reevaluate your kit and needs at least once a year and replace batteries, update clothing, etc.
Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Kit:
For more information on emergency preparedness and disaster supplies kit visit: https://www.ready.gov/kit