Disasters don’t just happen on TV, they can occur right here in Arkansas. Making sure that you have necessary supplies on hand when something happens can not only ease your mind, but save lives. If an emergency happens, you may be without power, water or food for several days. It is important to have supplies readily accessible in such cases. Every home is different so consider the number of people in your family, any special needs and don’t forget your pets.
Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:
Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three 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 and extra batteries for both
Flashlight and extra batteries
First aid kit
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
Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:
Infant formula and diapers
Pet food and extra water for your pet
Important family documents, such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
Cash or traveler’s checks and change
Emergency reference material, such as a first aid book
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
Additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate
Complete change of clothing, including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes for each person.
Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
Household chlorine bleach - When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
Matches in a waterproof container
Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
Paper and pencil
Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
List provided by ready.gov.