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Disaster Supply Kit
Overview

A disaster supply kit should include items in the following areas:

  • water
  • food
  • first aide supplies
  • medications
  • clothing and bedding
  • tools
  • emergency supplies
  • important papers and documents

Tips for Making Your Kit
  • Keep loose items in plastic zip-lock bags.
  • Keep the kit's items in easy-to-carry containers and store them in an easy to reach location.
  • Check and update your kit at least once a year.

Tips for Water and Food
  • A normal person needs at least 2 quarts of water a day.  Heat and activity can double this amount.  children, nursing mothers and those with special needs may require more.
  • Food preparation and sanitation require another two quarts per person a day.
  • Bottled water that has been sealed is best for storage.  Bottled water meets FDA standards and is not as vulnerable to temperature changes as unsealed water.  Sealed bottled water can be kept indefinitely.
  • Choose compact, lightweight foods that don't need refrigeration, cooking or preparation, and foods that use little or no water to prepare.
  • If you must heat food, pack cans of chafing fuel such as Sterno.