* Be prepared to quickly evacuate should danger approach
* Be equipped to shelter in place at home without utilities and services during a widespread disaster
* Be ready for events that could occur without warning when you're outside of your home
Resources and Suggestions
~ Download the Building Your Emergency Kit guide.
~ Choose a container that is portable and durable. This container is similar to the one the presenter uses for his home. Store in a place that is free of falling hazards, accessible, and secure from possible theft. Sheds, car trunks and main-story closets are good options. Don't store in the basement or attic. If you camp, put all your camping items near or in the kit.
~ Each member of your household needs one gallon of water per day for drinking, eating, and basic sanitation needs during a disaster. The presenter uses water containers like these for his family.
~ Be sure to properly prepare, store and replenish your emergency drinking water.
~ Have several days of shelf-stable food for each person in your home. In the event of an emergency, eat perishables first, then your emergency foods.
~ If you rely on prescription medications, this too should be stockpiled should your doctor and pharmacy be unavailable.