It’s time to REVISIT. REFRESH. PREPARE.
Are you and your family prepared for an All-Hazard emergency? Are you prepared for flooding brought on by spring rain? Are you prepared to stay home for a week should you catch the flu or another contagious virus? And although Hurricane Season doesn’t officially begin until June 1, it’s never too soon to start preparing for a possible weather event.
Regardless the situation having a plan and revisiting it, refreshing your supplies and preparing while there’s time can only help.
Some ways to do this include:
Prepare to get by for at least a week on what you have at home. When ill or sheltered in place you may be unable to get to a store, or stores may not be open or may have limited supplies for weeks. Keep extra supplies on hand.
Examples of nonperishable food:
• Canned meats, such as tuna, chicken, turkey and Vienna sausage
• Canned beans, fruits, vegetables and soups
• Protein or fruit bars
• Dry cereal or granola
• Dried fruit and Peanut butter and jelly
• Nuts and trail mix
• Comfort food, including cookies, candy, instant coffee and tea bags
• Canned or bagged juices
• Bottled water
• Baby formula and canned or jarred baby food
Examples of other emergency supplies:
• Pet food and cat litter
• Disposable diapers
• Feminine supplies
• Portable radio
• Batteries for flashlights, radios, games and thermometers
• Manual can opener
• Plastic garbage bags
• Tissues and toilet paper
• Entertainment, including games, crafts, books, movies, etc.
• Supplies for people with special needs, such as the elderly or disabled
• Some extra cash
Examples of medical and health supplies:
• Prescribed medicines and supplies, such as insulin, glucose meters and blood-pressure monitoring equipment
• Soap and water
• Alcohol-based hand cleaner
• Medicines for fever and pain, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen
• Diarrhea remedy, such as Pepto-Bismol® or Kaopectate® (not generally recommended for children)
• Throat lozenges
• Cough syrup containing Dextromethorphan
• Fluids with electrolytes, like Gatorade® and Pedialyte® (preferred for small children)