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Prepare an all-hazards supply kit

May 13, 2016
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Prepare your Go-Kit

Having a basic survival kit ready to sustain yourself and your family after an emergency is an essential part of preparation.

Think first about basic survival needs: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. Store your supplies in a portable container as close as possible to an exit and review the contents of your kit a few times a year The change between daylight savings and standard time and back again are a good reminder.

Start your kit by reviewing the lists below. Don't get overwhelmed and budget by picking up one or two items on each shopping trip/

Food service needs

* Drinking water: 1 gallon per person per day; 3 to 7 day supply

* Non-perishable food that meets your dietary requirements: 3 to 7 day supply

* Manual can opener or po- top cans/containers and eating utensils

* Juice/soft drinks/instant coffee or tea

* Plastic wrap/zip-top bags/garbage bags

* Paper plates, cups, aluminum foil

* Cooler for food storage and ice

* Lighter/matches, pots/pans

* Camp stove or grill outdoor use only

Personal items

* Sleeping bags, pillows, blankets

* Lawn chairs, folding chairs, cots

* Personal hygiene items, including toothbrush, soap, deodorant, denture care and so on

* List of emergency contact information

* Prescriptions and over the counter medications

* Spare glasses, contacts, cleaning solution

* Extra hearing aid batteries

* Baby/infant needs, such as diapers, formula, extra clothes and more

* Rain gear, hot and cold weather clothing

* Closed-toe work shoes, no sandals

Sanitation/cleaning supplies

* Water for cleaning

* Unscented bleach to disinfect water

* Rubber gloves

* Wet wipes and waterless hand sanitizer

* Toilet paper, paper towels, sanitary supplies

* Filter face masks (Dust Mask)

* Assorted cleaners and disinfectants

* Brooms, mops, towels and rags

* Bucket with tight fitting lid for emergency toilet

Pets and service animals

* Water - 1 gallon per day for each animal; 7 day supply

* Cage or carrier for each animal

* Food and treats

* Toys and comfort items

* Cleaning supplies

* Immunization records, photos

Basic safety equipment

* NOAA Weather Radio

* First aid kit and instruction book

* Landline telephone, which does not require batteries or electricity

* Battery-powered television, radio, clock

* Flashlights

* Extra batteries

* Chemical Light Sticks to replace candles

* Whistle to signal for help if needed

Basic tools

* Basic tool kit, including hammer, wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, and so on

* Specialized tools for water and gas valves.

* Plastic tarps with grommets or roll plastic sheeting

* Assorted screws, nails or other fasteners

* Duct tape

* Canvas or leather work gloves

Miscellaneous items

* Spare keys for home, vehicles, boats, etc.

* Important papers

* ID, including driver's license, insurance cards, etc.

* Cash, credit cards, coins, checks

* Prepaid telephone cards

* Pens, pencils and paper

* Maps and evacuation information

* Keepsakes, significant photos, etc.

* Books, games and other quiet entertainment

Medical equipment

* Medical equipment and assistive devices

* Cooler with an ice pack if medications need to be refrigerated

* Medical alert tags or bracelets to identify your disability-related need

Disinfect water with bleach

Use household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper: 9 parts water to 1 part bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Use 16 drops of bleach to 1 gallon of water to treat water in an emergency, but do not use scented, color safe, or bleaches with added cleaners.

This supply kit is a good start, but depending on your situation, you may need more or less items to survive after an emergency.

Another good idea is to use a container or suitcase with rollers to store and move your kit.

Emergency responders may not be able to get to you immediately after a disaster. Being prepared means choosing to be a hurricane survivor.

Source: Lee County Emergency Management



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