It is important for families to have a basic emergency supply kit to last them at least 3 days in case disaster strikes.
The kit should include:
1 gallon of water per person per day
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather radio; extra batteries for both
Can opener for food
Dust masks, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape
First aid kit
Flashlight and extra batteries
Food, at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Whistle to signal for help
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Prepare for Emergencies Be Informed
Staying informed is an important way to prepare your family. You can learn more ways to prepare at: txready.org.
Build a Kit
Prepare your kit using a portable container such as a tote, duffel bag, or large backpack following the packing example provided above, which lists supplies that you may want to have in an emergency kit. It is important to remember that this is not an exhaustive list and that individual needs such as medications, identification, contact information, items for the care of small children or pets need to be addressed when preparing an emergency kit. Visit txready.org to download your check list.
Make a Plan
Make sure your family knows where to go if you get separated in an emergency. It is recommended that you download and print out a Family Emergency Plan, provided at txready.org. Information provided there will help give you guidance to preparing a plan, preparing for unique family considerations, and how to practice your family emergency plan.