Hurricane season began June 1–is your family prepared for a natural disaster?
If you have to evacuate or remain in your home until further notice, would you have the necessary supplies to meet your family's needs? A disaster supply kit is easy to create and would be invaluable in the event of a natural disaster such as a hurricane. Here are some basics on creating a disaster supply kit.
A disaster supply kit should contain basic items that can help you and your family get by until help arrives for you. Keep your disaster supply kit packed in a portable container like a duffel bag or backpack, so you can take it with you easily in the event of an evacuation.
You should store enough water to have one gallon of water per person, for each day that you may need it. About 3 days worth is usually sufficient. You can buy bottled water and keep it on hand in a safe location.
Keep at least 3 days worth of nonperishable food items for each member of your household. This can be granola bars, protein bars, dry cereal, peanut butter and jelly, crackers, cookies, canned goods, dried fruit, instant coffee and more.
Another essential component of your disaster supply kit are first aid materials. A basic first aid kit should be enough for minor injuries. For life-threatening emergencies, always call 9-1-1.
Other Items to Include
- Clean clothing and footwear
- Any medications you need
- Battery powered radio
- Extra batteries
- Blankets/sleeping bags
- Copies of important documents such as drivers license, insurance cards, etc.
- Cash/credit card
- Supplies for your pet
If you would like more information on creating a disaster supply kit and keeping your family safe this hurricane season, visit our Health Library today. For more information on our services at Central Florida Regional Hospital, visit us online or give us a call at 407-321-4500.