“Be prepared.” It’s an age-old adage that still holds true today, especially in light of the deadly flooding in Waverly TN.
An important step in being prepared is having an emergency supply kit in your home. You can purchase a kit or make your own by assembling the items below, recommended by the federal government on the Ready.gov website.
Here are the basic supplies you will need:
- Water — one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food — at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
- Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
- Manual can opener (for food)
- Local maps
All of these items are readily available. However, when severe weather approaches, it may be difficult or impossible to assemble the items on short notice.
You may also want to consider having a “mini kit” in your car or any place where you spend a lot of time away from home, since you never know when disaster may strike.
For more information on where to store your kit and how to maintain it, go to Build A Kit | Ready.gov