Be prepared for emergencies. Build a kit

Published on September 15, 2022

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Each September, National Preparedness Month encourages and reminds Americans to be prepared for disasters and emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities. The theme for 2022 is “A Lasting Legacy: Prepare for disasters to create lasting legacy for you and your family.”

There are standard supplies that must go into every emergency supply kit, but there are also supplies that are unique to your family and the disaster you’re facing.

Be sure to have enough of these supplies for 72 hours for each person in your home:

  • Water (three gallons per person).
  • Nonperishable food.
  • Medications.
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Fully stocked first aid kit.
  • Complete changes of clothing and footwear.
  • Bedding and blankets.
  • Copies of important family documents.
  • Pet supplies, if necessary.
  • A whistle, to signal for help.
  • Supplies for all weather events (hot and cold temperatures).

If it’s summertime, make sure you have items that will keep you cool. A winter supply kit should include ice scrapers and handwarmers.

Your emergency kit is unique to you, so think ahead. Always plan for enough supplies to last 72 hours. This includes medication, durable medical equipment like oxygen tanks, foods that meet your dietary restrictions and so on.

Think about items you’d need for pets and children, too. Then have those items stocked and ready at all times.



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