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1 - You should have at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water (one gallon of water per person per day). And don’t forget a manual can opener if your kit includes canned food.

2 - When disaster strikes, you should monitor television and radio, and decide whether to stay or go based on circumstances. You should have plans for both staying (shelter-in-place) and evacuating, but you will need to decide which is the best plan given the circumstances of the disaster. Local authorities will advise the public through news radio outlets, so be sure you have a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio in your emergency kit.

3 - Take your pets if you can, but make arrangements for their care if the local public shelter doesn't accept pets. Since Hurricane Katrina, many local laws have changed to allow people to bring their pets along during an evacuation. But you should check with local public shelters and make other arrangements for your pets such as leaving them at a local animal shelter or with your veterinarian.

4 - Make copies of all important papers and keep them in your emergency kit. It’s very important to have copies of all your important papers – medical records, wills, deeds social security numberss, bank records, tax records, emergency contacts. Take your passport and your social security card with you.

5 - In an emergency, the best way to communicate with family members is to designate a friend or family member, who is not local, to be the communications hub for the whole family. Having one contact person who is not local and thus not in the affected area is the best plan. That person can coordinate among other family members who may not be able to communicate because of issues in the surrounding area.

6 - It is best to have at least two emergency supply kits: one with everything you will need if you are sheltering in place (including plastic and duct tape to seal off a room), and a smaller, lighter one for taking with you if you need to evacuate.

7 - In case of evacuation or not able to reach your home, it is important to have several alternative destinations, in different directions, so you have choices in an emergency. Inform your family members of your alternatives.

8 - You should keep cash or travelers checks in your emergency supply kit. You may not have access to a bank or ATM for several days, and you may need to purchase additional supplies.

9 - Medical supplies should you include in your emergency kit are:

10 - It is NOT a good plan to fend for yourself in a disaster or emergency. The best plan is to develop a personal support network of family, friends and others who help you on a routine basis. Tell them of your plans in an emergency, such as which destinations you’ve chosen for an evacuation and who your main contact person is. Discuss every aspect of your emergency plan with everyone in your network. Makes sure someone in your network has an extra key to your home and knows where you keep your emergency supplies.

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See Also:
Emergency Plan Basics
Emergency Supply Kit