In a true disaster, first responders will be overwhelmed.
Do you have what it takes to survive on your own for at least 72 hours?
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Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they can’t reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it may take days. Basic services, such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones, may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you.
A disaster supply kit with essential food, water, and supplies for at least three days (72-hours). This kit should be kept in a designated place and be ready to “grab and go” in case you have to leave your home quickly because of a disaster, such as a fire or flash flood. Make sure all household members know where the kit is kept.
What does a 72-hour kit look like? They all have some of the same essential “stuff” but each one should be customized for your household. If you’d rather start with a standard kit, the Red Cross has several ready made kits you can purchase.
Shelter in Place
Although it is unlikely that food supplies would be cut off for as long as two weeks, consider storing additional water, food, clothing and bedding other supplies to expand your supply kit to last up to two weeks. With some types of disasters it is important to stay rather than go, and you should listen to emergency alerts for guidance.
It is important to store a personal supply of water and food at work; you should not rely on water fountains or coolers. Women who wear high-heels should have comfortable flat shoes at their workplace in case an evacuation requires walking long distances. All items should be in one container, ready to “grab and go” in case you have to evacuate the building quickly.
On the Road
Keep a smaller kit of emergency supplies, including food and water, in your car at all times. If you become stranded or are not able to return home, having these items will help you to be more comfortable until help arrives. Add items for severe winter weather during months when heavy snow or icy roads are possible such as salt, sand, shovels, and extra winter clothing, including hats and gloves. This kit should also include flares and jumper cables.