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October: Make a Kit

If disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for some time. Evacuation may occur at a moment’s notice, and you probably will not have time to search for the supplies or other essentials you need to take with you. By taking time now to prepare a disaster supply kit, you can prevent wasting time and resources during an emergency.


In an emergency, having a supply of clean water for drinking, food preparation, and hygiene is the highest priority. You should store at least 1 gallon per person and pet per day. Be sure to have a three day water supply for each.


Make sure to store enough non-perishable emergency foods to provide for your family for at least 3 days. Ideal items are those that do not require refrigeration such as cereals, crackers, canned items (low salt), and some fruits.


The federal government now officially supports including pets in disaster plans. Make sure to include your pets too by creating their own preparedness kit today!


Personal needs and abilities are unique, but every individual can take important steps to prepare for an emergency regardless of their capabilities. If you, or someone close to you has a disability, consider taking additional steps to preparing a safe and efficient plan.


Remember to include special items to support your infants such as formula, diapers and bottles. Also, consider games and activities to occupy your children.

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