FEMA: Items to add to your emergency supply kit

posted by Abbey O'Brien, Traffic Anchor/MMJ - 

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

FEMA suggests making an emergency supply kit in advance of a storm. As we near peak season in the Lowcountry, here are items they recommend you have ready to pack when word comes in of a potential storm:

  1. Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  2. Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  3. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  4. Flashlight and extra batteries
  5. First aid kit
  6. Whistle to signal for help
  7. Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  8. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  9. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  10. Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  11. Local maps

Additional items to consider:

  1. Prescription medications and glasses
  2. Infant formula and diapers
  3. Pet food and extra water for your pet
  4. Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  5. Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  6. Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov
  7. Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  8. Complete change of clothing
  9. Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant.
  10. Fire Extinguisher
  11. Matches in a waterproof container
  12. Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  13. Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  14. Paper and pencil
  15. Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

For more information go to: www.ready.gov

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