PREPARE NOWKeep your family safe during hurricanes, earthquakes, and other emergencies.
The Importance of Water
- A person can live a month without food but only a few days without water.
- The average person uses over 140 gallons of water each day for drinking, bathing, laundry, dishes and watering lawns.
- According to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), in case of an emergency you should store at least one gallon of water per person per day and have at least a three-day supply. However, individual water needs vary per person, depending on age, physical condition, activity and climate. Children, nursing mothers and ill people need more water and very hot temperatures can double the amount of water needed.
- If you have pets, allow a minimum of gallon per day for each dog or cat.
- Contaminated water can cause such diseases as dysentery, typhoid and hepatitis.
- The Center for Disease Control receives over 4,000 cases each year of illness due to drinking contaminated water.
- If unsure about water, bringing it to a rolling boil for 1 minute will kill most organisms.
Create a Family Emergency Kit
The following information is from the American Red Cross:
- Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
- Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store)
- Deluxe family first aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Cell phone with chargers (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store)
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Map(s) of the area
Depending on Family Needs
- Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Games and activities for children
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
- Two-way radios
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Manual can opener
Additional Supplies (depending on types of disasters common to your area):
- N95 or surgical masks
- Rain gear
- Work gloves
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Plastic sheeting
- Duct tape
- Household liquid bleach
- Entertainment items
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- American Red Cross
- American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Emergency Preparedness & Response Site
- FEMA | Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Allstate Insurance | Catastrophe Preparation
- State Farm | Emergency Preparedness For Children
- National Center for Disaster Preparedness | NCDP
- National Hurricane Center