Disaster Preparedness

A disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items a person / family would need to stay safe during and after a disaster. The items should be stored in a portable, preferably light weight and water resistant container, placed in a known location in the house. The contents should be reviewed at least once a year or as personal needs change. Below is a list of the basics to include in a disaster supply kit as well as winter preparedness items prior and during the winter months. Carbon monoxide warnings are also listed.
  • 3-day supply of non perishable food and manual can opener
  • 3-day supply of water (one gallon per person, per day)
  • Blankets
  • Dust mask to filter contaminated air
  • Extra set of clothes for each person
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Maps of the local area
  • Matches or lighter in waterproof container
  • Money / cash
  • Pet supplies if you own a pet including food, extra water, and shot records
  • Photocopies of identification (birth certificate, social security card)
  • Portable, battery powered radio or TV and extra batteries
  • Sanitation and hygiene items (hand sanitizer, garbage bags, toilet paper, etc)
  • Special needs items such as an extra pair of prescription glasses, contacts and cleaning solution, or hearing aid batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Before Winter

Prior to winter months, include the following:
  • Salt or sand to improve traction on steps, walkways, and driveways
  • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment
  • A sufficient amount of dry wood for fireplace or wood stove

During Winter

During winter months, include the following:
  • Extra blankets or sleeping bags
  • Hand warmers
  • Hat and gloves
  • Sturdy shoes / Insulated shoes
  • Warmer, heavy clothing

Carbon Monoxide Warnings

  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide
  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Keep these devices at least 20 feet from doors, windows, and vents
  • Periodically test to make sure that all carbon monoxide alarms in your home are in working order