This winter has brought us our fair share of snow and other weather situations that could cause emergency conditions.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides tips on what to stock in a supply kit in case of emergencies.
A basic kit should include:
• One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days – for drinking and sanitation
•At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, plus a manual can opener and eating utensils
•Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio with tone alert, with extra batteries for both
•Flashlight and extra batteries
•First aid kit
•Whistle to signal for help
•Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air) and plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter-in-place)
•Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
•Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
•Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Every family is different and will have different needs, such as prescription medications and glasses, infant formula and diapers, and pet food and water. View a list of additional items to consider, as well as how to maintain your kit once you have created one.
FEMA suggests having a number of emergency kits, including a full kit at home and smaller kits in the workplace and/or vehicle.
The American Red Cross also outlines ways to prepare for natural and other disasters.
Stay safe during winter weather – or any emergency – by being prepared.