Are You Red Cross Ready?
Are You Red Cross Ready?
Whether you purchase a kit or choose to build your own, check that your kit contains supplies so you can provide first aid and comfort for everyday scrapes. Be sure you include personal supplies for lifethreatening emergencies or a disaster that may impact the entire community. Encourage your neighbors, work place and community groups to gather supplies so they can be prepared, as well.
- Water: 1 gallon of water per person per day. The American Red Cross recommends at least a 3 day supply. The water can be used for drinking, limited cleanind and cooking.
- Food: Store at least 3 days non-perishable nutritious food such as meal bars and canned goods (with tab tops) that require little or no cooking.
- Flashlight: Essential for any emergency kit. Include extra batteries too.
- Radio: Hand-cranked or battery operated with extra batteries.
- First Aid Kit: Injuries are common in a disaster. Be prepared to treat yourself, your loved one and those around you.
- Multi-Purpose Tool: Folds into a pocket-sized unit and may include can opener, scissors, knife, wire cutters, pliars, screwdriver. Also recommended is an Adjustable Wrench for turning off gas and water if needed.
- Personal Documents: Include copies of your important documents such as medication lists, medical information, proof of address, deed/lease, passport, birth certificates, and insurance policies.
- Map: Include a detailed map of your surrounding area with evacuation routes highlighted. Following a disaster, roads may be closed. Learn alternate routes out of your neighborhood.
- Emergency Blanket: small, light, compact and can be used for multiple purposes from providing assistance to person in shock, or providing warmth during power outage.
- Cash: Keep small bills and change on hand to buy needed items such as water.
- Emergency Contact Information: All should have this in writing and programmed into cell phones. Include family phone numbers, emails and out of area contacts. It is often easier to text or call long distance after a disaster.
- Sanitary Supplies: Bleach, toilet paper, feminine hygiene, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes.
- Medical Supplies: 7 day supply of prescription and over-the-counter meds, extra glasses, contact lenses, hearing aid batteries, cane, and any other supply you may need. Also include a list of medications, dosages and allergies, name and number of doctors and local hospital information.
- Cell Phone: It is not recommended for the kit, however, consider this an essential item in an emergency. Use to text loved ones, take photos of damage, or provide a light source. Do include a charger that does not require electricity, such as a car charger in your kit.
- Check and Replace your stock every 6 months.